Medvedev said that the world's current military-political state requires the modernization of the Russian military, especially "its strategic nuclear forces," according to the article.
A twitterer in Moscow downplayed the news immediately.
@redexile This is not as scary as seems - http://bit.ly/Xe0er - the bulk of the nuclear arsenal is Soviet era and their replacement planned years ago
However, not all in Europe reacted the same way.
@thinkingpot (London, U.K.): Why is Russia up for comprehensive rearmament of military and strategic nuclear forces from 2011? http://tinyurl.com/ddctta I'm threatened.
@PendragonUK (Portsmouth, U.K.): @JDogg1329 They have been flying them into our airspace (UK) for the last few years. Russia is reminding the world it's a world force.
@Coenen (Zoetermeer, Netherlands): RT @BreakingNewsOn: Reuters: Medvedev said Russia would rearm its military and boost nuclear forces <- Seems Russia is scared of NATO?
One blogger was inspired to immediately write about the news.
@alandavies (Cardiff, Wales): New blog post: Worrying News - Russia to Rearm http://davies.info/archives/349
The Russian president is active on Twitter (@d_medvedev), though he has not written about this topic recently.