Friday, December 11, 2015

Putin Orders Military To "Boost Strategic Nuclear Forces" As Syria Situation Worsens

NATO bosses (meeting to discuss how to provoke Russia even more (Picture: Wikimedia Commons)

Earlier it was reported in the news feeds that in response to the escalation in the Syria proxy war, where German warplanes have now arrived to join the bombing campaign against ISIS, thus adding to the list of European nations already infilitrated by Muslim extremists among the millions of illegal immigrants that have flooded into Europe with the tacit approval of EU and national leaders and thus likely to be hit by terrorist attacks similar to those that shocked Paris in November 2015.

We reported yesterday that the US led coalition is planning to put troops from Turkey, Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Muslim nations into Syria in pursuit of Obama's main goal, which is the removal of Assad rather than the eradication of the ISIS terrorist threat. In response Putin issued one simple command: "I order to act extremely tough. Any targets that threaten Russian forces or our infrastructure on the ground should be immediately destroyed."

However, Syria was a secondary topic in Kremlin discussions yesterday when Putin told his his defense chiefs "to strengthen Russia’s strategic nuclear forces amid rising tensions with the U.S. over the global balance of power."

Bloomberg reported that Putin told the assembled military chiefs "new weapons should go to all parts of the nuclear triad of air, sea, and land forces. Action must also be taken to improve the effectiveness of missile-attack warning systems and aerospace defense."

According to Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Russia’s military will have five new nuclear regiments equipped with advanced missile complexes next year, adding that more than 95% of the country’s nuclear forces are at a permanent state of readiness".

It is known that around 56 percent of Russian nuclear weapons are new. These include modern missiles, upgraded aircraft and a strengthened submarine capacity, according to Shoigu. Russia has also increased the military’s combat capabilities by reinforcing its western and south-western army groups and building four bases in the Arctic region, he said.

Just in case there was any doubt before, it is now clear that the nuclear arms race and the cold war are not only back, but in this era of "hackers" the probability of an unauthorised launch, is so much higher that last time.

That Putin has chosen to highlight Russia's nuclear strength just days after NATO's most recent European expansion is hardly surprising. However the sabre rattling is not all on the Russian side. Bloomberg noted in the report linked above, "Putin’s moves to reinforce Russian nuclear capabilities are reviving Cold War tensions with the U.S. and its allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization".
It is also worth reminding people that as has been widely reported here ans elsewhere, US efforts against ISIS have been less than wholehearted (and another view on this aspect of the bigger story here ), because the terror group has been funded, armed and trained by US allies Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar and is also supported by the USA itself as ISIS offers the best hope of defeating Assad that does not involve US forces in direct confrontation with the Russian military.

The U.S. warned in June that the Kremlin’s "nuclear saber-rattling" is undermining stability in an attempt to intimidate European neighbors." Against that, we have reported here as have many blogs and news websites, and even some mainstream media news publisher, that moves by NATO and the EU, in violation of a 1991 treaty, to suck former Soviet Republics such as Georgia, Lithuania and Ukraine into their western blog organisations were never going to be meekly tolerated by Russia.

And when we get down to that level we have greater understanding of at least some of the reasons why the proxy war in Syria has become a real and present danger to the entire world. And yet some people are still afraid that a little extra Carbon Dioxide in the air is the greatest threat.

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