While Russian President Vladimir Putin announces nuclear weapons race with the U.S., the Russian Northern Fleet ships are holding firing drills to include missile launches in the Barents Sea in line with combat readiness exercises.
“Currently, crews from the destroyers Rassvet and Aisberg, as well as anti-ship frigates Yunga and Snezhnogorsk, are firing at difficult sea target positions as one group,” Russian Defense Ministry’s Northern Fleet spokesman Vadim Serga told journalists on Thursday, as reported by Sputnik News.
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It was also reported that Russia will reveal 84 of its military equipment models at the Milipol-2015 exhibition in Paris, according to the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC).
The Milipol exhibition in the capital of France is an international trade show on internal state security, which is organized under the patronage of the French Interior Ministry. The Milipol-2015 exhibition will be held from November 17 through 20, and some 950 countries from 54 are set to participate.
“The exhibition will be attended by 13 Russian organizations. Military products — 84 items — will be displayed by Rosoboronexport,” a statement released by the FSMTC on Thursday reads.
In the statement, it was detailed that Russia plans to reveal models of the BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle, the SPM-2 GAZ-233036 Tigr (Tiger) high-mobility multipurpose military vehicle, the BTR-80A armored personnel carrier, the Ansat light multipurpose helicopter, the Mangust high-speed patrol boats as well as the Murena-E assault hovercraft.
U.S. plans to respond to growing presence of Russian warships in the sea
The U.S. Navy is impressed by the growing capabilities of Russia’s Navy, according to the commander of the U.S. Navy, Admiral John Richardson. Adm Richardson said that over the past two decades, Russia’s navy has grown in terms of its capabilities to the point where it presents a real threat to the U.S.
Adm Richardson also revealed that the U.S. is currently considering to respond to the growing presence of Russian warships in the sea.
“How are we going to posture our forces to make sure that we maintain the appropriate balance and are suitably engaged?” Adm Richardson asked during his interview with Financial Times. He added that this is something senior U.S. officials are currently discussing.
The U.S. is particularly concerned by the growing Russian Navy capabilities after it launched cruise missile strikes at targets in Syria from its warships in the Caspian Sea.
“That’s a significant capability, a significant demonstration,” Adm Richardson described Russia’s operation in the Caspian Sea.
The Russian Navy’s threatening activities range “from the eastern US coast to the Pacific” and raise concerns in the White House, according to the admiral.
Putin announces nuclear arms race with the U.S., shows off deadly nuclear weapon
The comments come amid Vladimir Putin’s announcement of the start of nuclear arms race with the U.S. Putin said Russia is developing strike systems capable of penetrating any missile defense shield, including U.S.’s missile defense shields.
Moreover, during the broadcast of Putin’s announcement, a secret document revealing Russia’s plans to develop a nuclear torpedo system has been accidentally shown on state-owned television.
It was later reported by Russian media that the deadly nuclear weapon is designed to bypass NATO radars as well as all existing defense systems to hit coastal areas of the Alliance.
And with top U.S. Army General saying that Russia is the only country in the world with the nuclear capability to destroy the U.S., these reports do not bode well for peaceful relations between Washington and Moscow.
Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley called Russia an existential threat to the U.S., speaking in front of the audience at the Defense One summit in Washington, DC last week.
Over the past few weeks, Russian armed forces have conducted a number of military drills in what appears to be a preparation for war. Two weeks ago, Russia held a large-scale exercise that included the firing of various types of missiles ranging from ballistic to cruise missiles.
U.S. officials have already noted the growing frequency and intensity of Russia’s military drills.
U.S. officials are willing to unleash nuclear war with Russia
With top Pentagon’s expert on Russia warning that Russia is ready to use nuclear weapons against the U.S. and its allies, U.S. military officials have been reported to be further escalating the tensions between Washington and Moscow by considering to send even more American troops to Europe
While Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley recently said that Russia can easily destroy the U.S., it does not seem that U.S. military officials reviewed all possible consequences of the proposal to deploy more troops across Europe to deter the growing Russian aggression.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that proposals for the deployment of U.S. soldiers in Europe were made over the weekend during the Reagan National Defense Forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.
General Mark Milley told The Wall Street Journal that he plans to push forward the proposal to send U.S. attack helicopter units, artillery brigades and more rotating brigades to Europe.
The report comes following last week’s reports that some 4,000 NATO combat troops will be stationed in countries neighboring Russia. In Poland and the Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia, roughly 800 to 1,000 troops will be stationed. The NATO’s decision has a high chance to unleash military confrontation between the world’s two largest nuclear powers: the U.S. and Russia.
But a nuclear war involving the U.S., NATO and Russia “would probably spell, if not the end of humanity, the end of any possibility of a comfortable future for humanity,” as reported by ValueWalk, citing Press TV’s interview with Don DeBar, U.S. political analyst.