Russia has built large nuclear bunkers capable of providing shelter to 12 million people in Moscow as President Vladimir Putin gears up for a savage nuclear war with the West. On Friday, Russian officials revealed the giant bunkers, which are a response to the increasing tensions between the White House and the Kremlin over Russia’s intervention in Syria’s civil war, according to Express.co.uk.
Why a nuclear war?
The U.S. has accused former Soviets of launching airstrikes on the Syrian city of Aleppo to prop up President Bashar al-Assad. These strikes have reduced the city to rubble and led to the death of thousands of civilians. Putin has declined to accept responsibility for the airstrikes, which the United States has condemned as a violation of international law.
Russia Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that any action by the United States against the Syrian army “will lead to terrible, tectonic consequences not only on the territory of this country but also in the region on the whole.”
Moscow has attracted international condemnation after an airstrike in eastern Aleppo eliminated one of the city’s largest hospitals in what doctors describe as targeted and deliberate attacks. Tensions and concerns have now reached an all-time high. Washington is said to be “reviewing options” about how to react to the humanitarian crisis taking place in Syria, the report states. The United States recently suspended negotiations with Russia.
Previously, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry struck a ceasefire deal with the Kremlin, calling for a joint provision of humanitarian aid, a prohibition on Russian airstrikes and coordinated attacks on ISIS. But after just one week, a Russian aircraft bombed U.S. helicopters carrying a humanitarian convoy to Aleppo, notes Express.
Russia quite ready for nuclear war
According to a headline on Zvezda, a TV service run by the Ministry of Defense, Russian media is warning citizens that schizophrenics from the United States are building up nuclear weapons intended for Moscow. Highlighting the growing tension between the two countries, on Monday, Putin proposed a law temporarily ending a Moscow-Washington agreement to dispose of weapons-grade plutonium.
On its website, the Russian Ministry for Civil Defense reported that an all-Russian civil defense drill involving regional and federal local governments and executive authorities code-named the “Organization of civil defense during large natural and man-caused disasters in the Russian Federation” will begin in all constituent territories of Russia today. According to the ministry, around 40 million Russians will take part in the drill. The ministry did not, however, specify what kind of “man-caused disaster” it envisions.
By reading the guidelines, we can get a good idea of what the country is preparing for: nuclear war. The defense ministry adds that the major aim of the drill is to check the preparedness of management bodies during emergencies, be it man-made or natural disasters.
Both sides armed
Cooperation on Syria was the Obama administration’s last and best shot at arresting the downward spiral in the bilateral relationship with Russia, said Andrew S Weiss, a former White House expert on Russia. The hostility and mistrust towards the U.S. by the Russian leadership is quite real and increasing, Weiss said, concluding that for many years in the future, it is going to be the driving force behind Russian external behavior.
Both NATO and Russia are in a position to unleash global-scale nuclear attacks. Their weapons are armed and ready, notes Metro.co.uk. The United States and Russia deploy more than 1,500 strategic warheads on several hundred missiles and bombers even now, which is more than necessary to deter nuclear attacks, says the Arms Control Association. The association adds that the countries are modernizing their nuclear delivery systems.
Russia has far more nuclear weapons than the United States, with 8,400 warheads, while America’s stockpile is just 7,500 warheads. So a war between Russia and the U.S. could prove devastating. Putin allegedly ordered a 400-square-mile facility to be built last month. The place will be carved into a secluded region of the Ural Mountains, from where he could direct the nuclear conflict, reports Express.