Category Archives: Nukes

‘Stumbling Into a New Arms Race’: Imagery Shows Russia Preparing for Nuclear-Powered Missile Test

Russia plans to resume tests of its Burevestnik nuclear-powered missile, a move that risks reigniting an arms race with the United States just as the countries appeared on course to renew nuclear arms deal extension talks, according to a new analysis of satellite images.  Researchers noted high levels of activity at the dismantled test site for the Burevestnik nuclear-powered unlimited-range

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W. House Calls Putin Proposal on Nuclear Treaty ‘Non-Starter’

The United States on Friday rejected Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposal to extend the New START nuclear treaty for one year unconditionally, countering that both nations must cap warheads during the period. “President Putin’s response today to extend New START without freezing nuclear warheads is a non-starter,” said Robert O’Brien, the national security advisor. O’Brien said the United States had

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U.S. Says ‘Agreement in Principle’ With Russia on Extending Key Nuclear Pact

The United States said Tuesday it had reached an “agreement in principle” with Russia on extending New START, the two nations’ last major nuclear accord, which is due to expire in February. President Donald Trump’s administration has been insisting without success that China enter the nuclear reduction agreement but, with U.S. elections three weeks away, signaled it was willing to keep the

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Trump wants nuclear deal with Putin before election day

09:00, 12.10.20 – UNIAN Russia’s dismissive public statements are likely a negotiating tactic, one official says. U.S. President Trump is looking to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to close the deal on a pre-election nuclear agreement,. National security adviser Robert O’Brien and his Russian counterpart, Nikolai Patrushev, met in Geneva on October 2.  As a result, Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei

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U.S. gives Russia ultimatum during nuclear missiles talks

The global nuclear-weapon control system established in the last years of the Cold War is moving steadily towards collapse. The U.S. de facto gave the Russian side an ultimatum in negotiations on the fate of the Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty (START-3), the last existing agreement limiting the number of nuclear warheads on both sides. The treaty signed in 2010 by

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Putin allows nuclear response to conventional threats

That’s according to the updated nuclear deterrence concept. Russian President Vladimir Putin has changed the terms of use of nuclear weapons. The updated concept of nuclear deterrence says nukes can be used even if Russian targets are under threat of conventional weapons of the country’s adversaries. The use of nuclear weapons is still recognized as a “last resort” measure, seen

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Russian Foreign Ministry threatens U.S. with nuclear strike

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova commented on reports of the rearmament of U.S. Trident-2 submarines with W76-2 missiles with low-yield nuclear warheads (5-6 kilotons). Any missile attack from the U.S. submarines of this class will be met with a nuclear strike by Russia, she said. “As we have explained many times, we consider such a step dangerous. We believe

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Putin claims readiness for new Cuban missile crisis “if someone wanted that”

The Russian leader said he wouldn’t like an arms race now, but that would become reality if the U.S. deployed its new missiles in Europe Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that his country was ready for a new bipolar military escalation like the 1962 Cuban crisis. “Putin’s comments, made to Russian media late on Wednesday, follow his warning that Moscow

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US conducted exercises in case of Russian nuclear strike, outraged in Russia

The United States conducted military exercises in the event of a possible Russian nuclear strike on Europe. This was reported by the press services and the Ministry of Defense of the USA. The training took place at a military base in Nebraska. Pentagon CEO Mark Esper and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry attended. In the same time The Russian Foreign Ministry condemned US training in delivering a nuclear strike on targets in Russia. The department noted that the States “began

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Russian Theater Fined for ‘Insufficient War Preparation’

A theater in Russia’s fourth-largest city has been fined for its lack of provisions in case of nuclear war. The Cold War-era practice of training civilians on procedures to take in the event of a nuclear attack has grown more commonplace in recent years amid strained relations between Russia and the West. The Emergency Situations Ministry inspection of Kolyada Theater took

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Russian Doctor Contaminated by Food, Not Nuclear Blast – Authorities

A Russian doctor found to have a radioactive isotope in his body after treating victims of an Aug. 8 rocket engine explosion had been contaminated by food and not radiation, authorities said Friday. Earlier, The Moscow Times reported that a group of doctors who treated the radiation victims had been flown to Moscow for medical checkups. One of the doctors

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Russia, U.S. Engage In War Of Words Over Arms Treaty At UN

August 23, 2019 01:10 GMT Acting U.S. Ambassador to the UN Jonathan Cohen asked Russia to explain explosion at military base Russia and the United States exchanged accusations at the United Nations over the abandonment a landmark arms control treaty, with each side accusing the other of endangering global security. In the August 22 session, Moscow criticized what it called

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Russia resumes sharing radiation data following missile explosion, says they’re not obliged to do so

Putin’s Chernobyl?: New questions surround mysterious blast in Russia Russia has resumed sharing data from its radiation monitoring stations in Siberia after some were taken offline following a deadly explosion at a missile range, a nuclear weapons watchdog said Tuesday. The mysterious accident at a naval weapons testing range on the White Sea in northwestern Russia earlier this month has

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Russian nuclear monitoring stations went silent after missile blast – WSJ

23:20, 19 August 2019 Outages spur concerns by experts that Moscow is trying to restrict evidence of the explosion. Two Russian monitoring stations designed to detect nuclear radiation went silent soon after the explosion at a missile test site this month, spurring concerns among observers that the Russian government is trying to restrict evidence of the accident. Two days after

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Exclusive: Russian Doctors Say They Weren’t Warned Patients Were Nuclear Accident Victims

By Evan Gershkovich and Pjotr Sauer Five hospital staff workers, including senior doctors, told The Moscow Times that FSB agents had their colleagues sign non-disclosure agreements. The three injured men arrived at the hospital around 4:30 pm, naked and wrapped in translucent plastic bags. The state of the patients made staff suspect they were dealing with something very serious. But

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Russian village near site of suspected nuclear missile explosion to be evacuated, report says

By Nathan Hodge and Olga Pavlova, CNN Moscow (CNN)Residents of a Russian village near the site of a suspected explosion of a nuclear-powered missile have been told to evacuate, Russian state news agency RIA-Novosti reported, citing a local official. Villagers were asked to leave Nyonoksa on Wednesday morning due to planned military activities, RIA reported Tuesday, citing Ksenia Yudina, head

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U.S.-Based Experts Suspect Russia Blast Involved Nuclear-Powered Missile

U.S.-based nuclear experts said on Friday they suspected an accidental blast and radiation release in northern Russia this week occurred during the testing of a nuclear-powered cruise missile vaunted by President Vladimir Putin last year. The Russian Defense Ministry, quoted by state-run news outlets, said that two people died and six were injured on Thursday in an explosion of what it called a

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‘Brief radiation spike’ after rocket engine blast in northern Russia

A rocket engine explosion on a naval test range in northern Russia has killed two people and injured six, the defence ministry told Russian media. The victims of the explosion in Arkhangelsk region were civilian specialists while military and civilian personnel are among the injured. The ministry said radiation levels were normal but the city of Severodvinsk registered a “brief

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Russia Will Develop New Nuclear Missiles if Washington Does, Putin Says

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Monday that Moscow would be forced to start developing short and intermediate-range land-based nuclear missiles if the United States started doing so after the demise of a landmark arms control treaty. The United States formally left the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russia on Friday after determining that Moscow was violating the treaty

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