NATO: Russian threats are "unacceptable"

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President Vladimir Putin's warnings to NATO allies are "unacceptable" and do not help efforts to reduce tensions, the alliance said today, a day after the Russian leader announced a series of new nuclear weapons.

"Russia's statements threatening to target allies are unacceptable and counterproductive," NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said in a statement. "We do not want a new Cold War or a new arms race," he said, adding that NATO's US-made missile defense system in Europe was not aimed at Russia.