Russia Considers Resuming Nuclear Tests: Putin’s Response to Hardliners

2023-10-06 08:19:21

(, Moscow, 5th) Russian President Vladimir Putin said today that he heard domestic calls to start testing nuclear weapons. Russia may resume nuclear tests for the first time in more than 30 years and may withdraw from the “comprehensive ban on nuclear tests”. ratification of the Explosion Treaty. reported that Russia has the world’s largest nuclear arsenal. Putin, who is the final decision-maker, also said that Russia had successfully tested the “Burevestnik” nuclear-powered cruise missile; he had described this missile as capable of carrying nuclear warheads. Unparalleled.

However, Putin said that there is no need to change Russia’s nuclear weapons policy. After all, any attack against Russia will instantly trigger hundreds of nuclear bombs in response, and no enemy can survive.

“Do we need to change this? And the reason is? Everything can be changed, I just don’t think it’s necessary,” Putin said when talking about nuclear weapons policy, outlining the circumstances under which Russia might use nuclear weapons.

He also said that the existence of the Russian state was not threatened.

“I don’t think anyone with a clear mind and a clear memory would want to use nuclear weapons against Russia,” Putin told a meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club, a think tank in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

“I hear calls to start testing nuclear weapons, to resume test explosions,” Putin added, referring to suggestions from hardline political scientists and commentators who say such a move would send a powerful message to Western enemies.

Putin pointed out that the United States has signed the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) but has not yet formally ratified it, while Russia has signed and ratified it.

Russian hardline political scientist Sergei Karaganov, who wants to take a tougher stance on nuclear weapons, asked Putin whether the threshold for using nuclear weapons should be lowered to wake up Russia’s “arrogant” partners.

Putin replied: “I am not ready to say whether we really need tests, but in theory it is possible to do the same thing as the United States… But this is a question for members of the State Duma (lower house of Congress). In theory, It is possible to revoke the approval. That is enough.”

Some people in Russia are asking Putin to detonate a nuclear bomb to show the West that Russia’s patience is wearing thin in the face of the West’s support for Ukraine and its apparent unwillingness to negotiate.

For example, recently, Margarita Simonyan, editor-in-chief of the Russian state-funded media “Russia Today” (RT), suggested that Russia should detonate a nuclear bomb over Siberia.

Putin said today that Russia is about to complete work on a new generation of “Sarmat” intercontinental ballistic missiles, which can carry more than 10 nuclear warheads.

He said that Russia also successfully tested the Haiyan nuclear-powered cruise missile. He did not disclose the specific time.

Putin accused the West of being out of touch with reality over the war in Ukraine. He warned that if Western leaders forget how to compromise, the world will have to see where such arrogance leads. Central News Agency (translation)

Russian hardliners call for detonating nuclear bombs, Putin responds

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