Over the past year the overall amount of nuclear weapons has decreased, but leading countries invest more money into modernizing them. The data comes from a survey posted on the official website of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
"Despite the recent progress in international talks on a treaty banning nuclear weapons, long-term modernization programmes are under way in all nine states," said SIPRI Senior Researcher Shannon Kile. "This suggests that none of these states will be prepared to give up their nuclear arsenals for the foreseeable future."
The survey also states that Russia and the USA combined account for 93% of all nuclear weapons. Russia owns 7 000 nuclear warheads, and the USA - 6 800, out of which 1 950 and 1 800 accordingly are deployed.
The remaining warheads are divided between 7 countries: France, the UK, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea.
SIPRI is an independent international institute dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament. Earlier, SIPRI ranked Russia third in the world for the cost of the military sphere.
Besides, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute also stated that Russia delivered weapons to the self-proclaimed “republics” of Donbas.