Russia readies for nuclear tests as blackmail — military expert Samus
Mykhailo Samus, a military expert, director of the New Geopolitics Research Network, and deputy director of the Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies believes that Russia is set to resume nuclear tests and use this as the next phase in its nuclear blackmail
Espreso TV reported the information.
"Strategic nuclear forces are one of the components of the triad of land-based, air-based and sea-based forces. Of course, this no longer applies to Ukraine, but to the United States and NATO countries, which since the Cold War have been in parity with the Soviet Union, then with Russia, in terms of strategic nuclear forces," the expert said.
He added that these exercises are one of the components of nuclear blackmail, there is evidence that Russia is preparing to resume nuclear tests.
"This will be the next step towards the resumption of nuclear blackmail, signifying Russia's seriousness in its declarations that it is ready to employ nuclear weapons against Ukraine and possibly against NATO countries if the United States does not agree to take into account their vital interests in Ukraine or Europe, as the Russians say," Samus emphasized.
On Friday, September 1, Russia's Sarmat strategic missile system was allegedly put on alert. The system fires an intercontinental missile that can carry a nuclear charge.
On September 7, former US Ambassador to NATO Kurt Volker said that if Russia uses nuclear weapons in Ukraine, the West's response will not necessarily be nuclear.
In addition, the Russian State Duma recently announced that at its next meeting it will discuss the issue of withdrawing the ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. The US State Department called Russia's steps a "threat to a global norm."
At the same time, on October 17, State Duma deputy Andrei Gurulov of the United Russia party called on Russians to prepare for a nuclear war.
On the same day, Russia canceled the ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. The authorities explained this as a measure of their country's security.