Diplomatic relations between the United States and Russia are at their lowest point since the Cold War. Reports have ringed the bell about the recent Russian news broadcasts warning of a possible nuclear war amidst the tensions.
“If it should one day happen, everyone of you should know where the nearest bomb shelter is. It’s best to find out now,” claimed one report from the Russian state-owned channel, NTV.
US And Russia On Nuclear War
More importantly, according to ABC News, the main current affairs show of Russia – hosted by a presenter known by critics as the country’s “propagandist-in-chief” – claimed that Russia will use nuclear weapons to defend itself.
“We’ve had it with American scolding over Syria,” the show’s host Evgeny Kiselyov said. According to him, “impundent behavior” from the US could go into “nuclear dimensions.”
Russia’s recent moves have been under scrutiny especially after its announcement of moving nuclear-capable ballistic missiles into Kaliningrad. This has raised the alarms from the West as the move would put Western capitals within a striking distance. However, some claim that Russia and the United States are not headed for an imminent war.
“It’s ridiculous,” said Aleksander Baunov, an analyst at the Carnegie Moscow Center. “It’s not preparation for war.” Likewise, Baunov added that the civil defense drills and the heated programming on television are more of a way to deter the United States from interfering with Russia’s military campaign in Syria.
Putin Launches Nuclear Topol
Still, there are still lingering concerns as Russia just launched its Topol missile – the fastest in the world – from a submarine in the Barents Sea from Russia’s coast. Daily Star also added that another missile was also launched from an island site in the northwest of the country. According to the report of state-run news agency, RIA Novosti, claimed that “a nuclear-capable rocket was fired from a Pacific Fleet submarine in the Sea of Okhotsk, north of Japan.” Russia’s Defense Ministry claimed that the training warhead “struck a simulated target on the firing range on the Kamchatka peninsula.”
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