Russia’s defence minister has said that his country will pay special attention to bolster its nuclear forces in 2023. Sergei Shoigu added that Russia would also work to improve the combat capabilities of its missile forces. Russia’s focus on building nuclear forces comes amid tensions with the West & Moscow’s nuclear rhetoric. Earlier, Russia and the United States were due to hold talks in Cairo on their existing New START treaty that caps the number of nuclear warheads that the US and Russia can deploy. But Moscow pulled out on the eve of the meeting, accusing the US of “toxic anti-Russian behaviour” and trying to “manipulate the treaty.” Meanwhile, Russia wants appropriate conditions in place before they move forward with the new START Treaty.