Russia Not Acting As Responsible Nuclear Power: NATO Commander

SWIETOSZOW, POLAND (Reuters) -

NATO’s top commander said on Wednesday Russia’s announcement it was adding 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles to its nuclear arsenal was not the kind of behavior expected of a responsible nuclear power.

President Vladimir Putin’s announcement on Tuesday of the planned new deployments put further strain on the relations between Moscow and the West, already tense over the Ukraine crisis.

“This is not a way that responsible nuclear nations behave,” U.S. Air Force General and NATO supreme allied commander Philip Breedlove told Reuters during a visit to Poland.

“A rhetoric which ratchets up tensions in a nuclear sense is not a responsible behavior and we seek and ask that these (nuclear) nations handle this particular type of weapon in a more responsible way.”