In a maneuver that could be seen as a new provocation to the West, Russia said on Wednesday that its forces were rehearsing to launch nuclear-armed missiles west of Kaliningrad., In the middle of his military campaign in Ukraine.
The announcement came on the 70th day of the Russian military operation Thousands have been killed and more than 13 million displacedEurope’s worst refugee crisis since World War II.
After sending troops to Ukraine in February, Russian President Vladimir Putin has made indirect threats that his country is ready to use tactical nuclear weapons.
During the military games on Wednesday in the Baltic Sea, between Poland and Lithuania, Russia tests simulated “electronic missiles” of its nuclear-capable Iskander mobile ballistic missile systemAccording to a statement issued by the Ministry of Defense.
Russian forces trained Individual and multiple attacks on missile launch systems, runways, protected infrastructure, military equipment and targets Simulated Enemy Command Posts, According to the report.
After the releasesElectronics”, The military conspired to change their position of avoidance “A possible retaliatory attack”Added the Russian Ministry.
Combat units They carried out “operations under conditions of radiation and chemical pollution”. More than 100 soldiers took part in the test.
Russia sharpened its nuclear forces shortly after Putin sent troops to Ukraine on February 24.
The Kremlin leader has warned of a quick retaliation if the West intervenes directly in the conflict in Ukraine.
Viewers have noted that in recent days the Russian government has tried to use television Nuclear weapons Would be more acceptable to the public.
For two weeks we have been hearing on our television screens that nuclear holes should be open. The Nobel Peace Prize-winning journalist Dmitry Muradov said on Tuesday.
Last Friday, a senior U.S. defense official clarified that the United States did not believe Russia posed a threat of using nuclear weapons. Despite the recent intensity of the Moscow speech.
“We are constantly monitoring their nuclear capabilities every day as much as we can We do not see any threat to the use of nuclear weapons or any threat to the NATO region”, The official told the agency ReutersAnonymous.
Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei LavrovHe said on Monday that the West should not underestimate the high risks of a nuclear conflict over Ukraine.
Russia announced earlier this month that it plans to deploy its newly tested intercontinental ballistic missiles in the fall. SharmathCapable of carrying out a nuclear attack against the United States.
In March, Dmitry Medvedev, a former Russian president and deputy chairman of the country’s Security Council, said Moscow could. Attack the enemy using only conventional weapons with atomic bombs.
“We have a special document on nuclear prevention. This document clearly states the reasons why the Russian Federation has the right to use nuclear weapons. There are some of them, I remind you: Russia ranks first in the situation of being hit by a nuclear missile. The second case is the use of other nuclear weapons against Russia or its allies. “
“The third major attack is on infrastructure, which has paralyzed our nuclear defense forces. The fourth case is an act of aggression against Russia and its allies, which would jeopardize the country’s existence without the use of nuclear weapons, that is, conventional weapons.He opened fire, further escalating tensions with the West.
The former president has threatened. “No one can doubt that we are ready to provide a just response to any violation of our country’s independence.”
(With AFP and Reuters information)
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