Russia and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization or NATO have once again spoken about the level of readiness that each has in terms of launching or deterring an imminent nuclear war. Russia has reportedly deployed nuclear-ready equipments in Ukraine while NATO vows to defend its allies in any way possible.
Russia deployed nuclear-ready armaments over Ukraine
Russia has sent equipments that can launch nuclear weapons over Ukraine, U.S. Air Force general and NATO’s top military commander Philip Breedlove told press in Brussels.
“Lots of the systems that the Russians use to deliver nuclear weapons are dual-use systems — they can be either conventional or nuclear — and some of those systems are deployed,” Breedlove said.
Breedlove said that NATO is ready to deter any strategic attack because its nuclear force remains dependable as ever.
“We do not need to make any adjustments to our nuclear posture. First and foremost, we have a secure, a safe and a very capable nuclear response and that’s our mission — to keep it that way,” Breedlove said.
He however acknowledged that there is no “direct evidence” that can support NATO’s assumption but “that does not mean that they may not have happened.”
Breedlove said that the NATO is looking into requests from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia for increased air patrolling and more U.S. troops over the Baltic borders.
Asked how NATO’s response would be if Russia annexes a country ally in Eastern Europe, Breedlove said the organization is ready to attack.
“NATO is committed to defending its allies. We will defend any NATO nation that’s attacked by any nation.”
Russia’s nuclear weapons can reach adversary wherever it is based
Breedlove’s accusation that Russia has sent in nuclear-capable armaments over Ukraine is unfounded, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told RT.
“This statement, like many others … is based on unfounded accusations against Russia as we have pointed out time and again,” Peskov said.
Presidential envoy to Crimea, Oleg Belaventsev, reiterated that it will be pointless for Russia to move its nuclear weapons to Crimea.
“There is no need to deploy nuclear weapons to Crimea … We have enough weapons to reach the adversary whenever it is based,” he said.
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