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Nuclear taboo


The risk of an increase in miniaturised nuclear warheads could make these weapons commonplace and escalate the nuclear threat.

Assigning responsibility for the current phase of nuclear rearmament to the United States or Russia is a pointless exercise in chickenor-egg thinking. The issue clearly harks back to the outcome of the Cold War and the dissolution of the goodwill behind the 2002 meeting in Italy between George W Bush, Jacques Chirac and Vladimir Putin. At that time, organic cooperation between the victorious West and a Russia struggling to recover its national identity seemed possible. 

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