Russia's N-plans: It's worst since 1962 Cuban crisis, says Latvian foreign minister

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Sydney, June 18: Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics said on Thursday that Russia's nuclear "sabre-rattling" and refusal to abide by the terms of ceasefire in Ukraine have seen the tension between the East and West reaching the lowest level since the 1962 Cuban missile crisis which had taken the world to the threshold of the third world war.

Russia's nuclear "sabre-rattling" and refusal to abide by the terms of a ceasefire in Ukraine have dragged East-West relations to their lowest level since the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics said on Thursday.

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Moscow announced this week that it was adding 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles to its arsenal, creating serious strain on Moscow-West relations. International politics has seen tension between Russia and the West over Ukraine in recent times and Moscow's latest stand has made it more complicated.

Rinkevics, who is a key figure in European Union diplomacy, told Reuters in an interview here that Russia's plans about nuclear weapons seemed alarming and something unprecedented since 1962.

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