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Russia to Consider Any Incoming Ballistic Missile as Nuclear

Russia issued a warning to the United States on Friday that any ballistic missile fired in their direction will be interpreted as a nuclear attack.

Photos by JIM WATSON and EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP

In an article published in Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star), Major General Andrei Sterlin and Colonel Alexander Khryapin explained that because defense systems cannot tell whether ballistic missiles are equipped with a nuclear warhead, the assumption will be that they are.

“Any attacking missile will be perceived as carrying a nuclear warhead,” the article said. “The information about the missile launch will be automatically relayed to the Russian military-political leadership, which will determine the scope of retaliatory action by nuclear forces depending on the evolving situation.”

In other words, any weapon that “threatens the very existence of the state” would trigger a nuclear response. The policy also applies to “reliable information” of impending threats to Russia’s geopolitical allies, including “enemy impact on critically important government or military facilities of the Russian Federation, the incapacitation of which could result in the failure of retaliatory action of nuclear forces.”

“Russia has designated the ‘red lines’ that we don’t advise anyone to cross,” the article said. “If a potential adversary dares to do that, the answer will undoubtedly be devastating. The specifics of retaliatory action, such as where, when and how much will be determined by Russia’s military-political leadership depending on the situation.”

Tensions between the United States and Russia have risen in recent years, notably due to perceived violations under the orders of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russian military aggression, such as the invasion of Georgia in 2008 and annexation of Crimea in 2014 have no doubt exascerbated the problem.

Stringent diplomatic measures implemented under the administration of Barack Obama, like sanctions, have kept Moscow in check. But the election of President Donald Trump was a game changer because of his sycophantic relationship with Putin.

Shortly after Trump and Putin held a secret meeting in Helsinki, Finland in 2018, Russia announced it was developing new nuclear weapons with enormous destructive potential.

In 2019, Trump pulled the United States out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which had been in place since 1987. And earlier this year, the US added smaller, low-yield nuclear warheads to some of its submarines. The move was a response to Russia’s threat to use atomic weapons in regional conflicts.



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