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Russian Official Reportedly Says Nation Has The Right To Nuclear Weapons In Crimea

Crimean people wave a Russian national flag as they prepare to swim celebrating an Orthodox Christamas in the Black Sea with
Crimean people wave a Russian national flag as they prepare to swim celebrating an Orthodox Christamas in the Black Sea with air temperature about - 8 Celsius, (17.6 32 Fahrenheit) in Yevpatoria, Crimea, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7, in accordance with the Julian calendar. A rescue boat patrols is in the background (AP Photo/Alexander Polegenko)

MOSCOW, March 11 (Reuters) - Russia has the right to deploy nuclear arms in the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine last year, a Foreign Ministry official said on Wednesday, adding he knew of no plans to do so.

"I don't know if there are nuclear weapons there now. I don't know about any plans, but in principle Russia can do it," said Mikhail Ulyanov, the head of the ministry's department on arms control, was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency. (Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin, Writing by Thomas Grove; Editing by Christian Lowe)