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Nuclear battle eventualities again on desk – Russia’s Foreign Ministry

The erosion of world arms management by the US has compelled world powers to revive their nuclear battle planning, a diplomat argues

“Built by generations of negotiators, the framework for arms control and preservation of strategic stability is now being dismantled at the instigation of the US. The Americans have lowered the first-strike threshold in their military doctrine,” Drobinin wrote in an article for the Mezhdunarodnaya Zhizn (International Life) journal printed Wednesday. 

“These and other concerning factors are yet again bringing the most dangerous scenarios of conflict between nuclear powers, fraught with disastrous consequences, back into the view of military planners,” he warned.

Nevertheless, the emergence of a multipolar world order – during which Russia is actively concerned – will make the globe a safer place, until the West chooses to intervene, the diplomat argues. “Everyone will benefit from the multipolarity and deglobalization – provided no-one disrupts the natural course of these objective phenomena,” Drobinin argued. 

“What is of crucial importance here is how the political establishment of North America and Western Europe chooses to behave… Unless they are able to suppress the pain they are feeling over losing their power over the world – however humanly understandable that pain may be – and stop ‘grabbing the gun’ every time patient diplomacy is in order, the alarming trend of the growing importance of strength in international affairs will not only endure but intensify,” Drobinin wrote.

On Monday, in a letter to members of the tenth Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin reiterated that there could be no winners in a nuclear battle, and it must not ever be allowed to occur.

The landmark New START stays the one main arms management settlement between Moscow and Washington nonetheless in pressure. In early 2021, the deal was on the point of expiration, however it was finally salvaged shortly after Biden’s inauguration, when Washington lastly agreed to Moscow’s calls to delay the deal with none preconditions. It is at the moment set to run out in 2026.

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