Monday, March 12, 2018

"So, listen to us now." Putin unveils new nuclear arsenal

Senators are urging Washington to engage in urgent dialogue with Moscow to minimize the risk of conflict. They have written a to the US secretory of state Rex Tillerson,

"A US-Russia strategic is more urgent following president Putin's public address on March 1st when he refereed to several new nuclear weapons Russia is reportedly developing. Including a cruise missile and a nuclear underwater drone, which are no currently limited by new START treaty and would be destabilizing if deployed."

"Even at the height of cold war tensions, the US and the Soviet Union were able to engage on matters of strategic stability. Leaders form both countries believed, as we should today, that the incredible destructive force of nuclear weapons is reason enough to make any and all efforts to lessen the chance that they can never be used again."

When on March 1st Putin came out and unveiled all these, he did really hit his target of getting people to wake up and listen finally. And within the letter it's urging Tillerson to begin strategic talks with Russia immediately without talking any pause there.

But it's also chock full of warnings and accusations when it comes to Russia as well touching on everything you know Russia's involvement in Syria to the ever-president accusation of Russia having interfered in the 2016 election. And there is also the accusation that Russia is in violation of the INF treaty, which Russia denies.

It's clear that the US is worried about Russia about what sort of power they represent. But the fact is Russia is also been concerned for quite a while when it come to actions that the US has been taking. Not the least being Washington's expanding deployment of missile defense systems, in Alaska, in California, also NATO's continuous expansion into Eastern-Europe. They of course have and are already present in Romania and Poland.

What may have been the straw to break the camel's back metaphorically, would be in early February when we saw the US came out with their new nuclear response review. And in there they expanded what they could be using nuclear response towards that could be also non-nuclear attacks that they would respond with nuclear force.

That's something that's really been worrying everyone for quite a while, specially Russia. The balance of power in the world. Putin himself said it most clearly on March 1st during his address when he was saying that maybe the world wouldn't listen to their concerns for what they've been saying for quite a while,

"Russia is a major nuclear power. But basically nobody wanted to talk to us, nobody listened to us. So, Listen to us now."

And apparently there are a lot of things now to be listening to. And people do seem to be listening to at the address Putin announced a number of weapons including the Sarmat super heavy ICBM that's a massive missile that, Putin says, capable of defeating any defense system in the world. And that was among the leaser weapon an underwater nuclear drone and another cruise missile with an almost unlimited range.

After Putin's announcement tensions were raised among people about these far more destructive weapons and is the announcement itself a threat. But Putin assured that, this is just an idea to create balance in the world. Russia has no plan of attacking anyone unless they or their partners were to be attacked.

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