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lance: Key Recent Developments

Nuclear-Weapons-Related Developments

Russia Plans Ambitious Nuclear Test Program. Tbc Russian Securily Council in Apriluclear test program al Novays Zemlya more eaiensive than tbe one conducted last year and plans to spend "far more money" onto experiments, according to tbe press. One of several probable objectives of tbe tests is theof Jew-yield warheads that could bo used on high-precision tacticalsystems; this activity would be consistent with Russia's increasing reliance on nuclear weapons to deter conventional as well as nuclear aggression especially given the widespread perceptioneightened threat from NATO]

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