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Tactical Nuclear Weapons, British Intelligence Experts Warn
If the West fails to stand up to Vladimir Putin and Moscow, then it could initiate a chain of events which would lead to World War 3, British intelligence experts have warned.
The U.K’s foreign affairs think-tank, Chatham House, has issued a report which states that Putin and Moscow could easily use tactical nuclear weapons on Europe in the future and create a possible World War 3 scenario.
“Just because something is unimaginable for Western planners does not mean it is not considered a viable option by Russia.”
The authors of the report include Sir Roderic Lyne and Sir Andrew Wood. The two former ambassadors to Moscow are well-aware just how ruthless Vladimir Putin can be. They are hypercritical in their condemnation of the Western leaders’ failure to predict the Ukraine crisis, and its potential to be one of the contributing factors to a World War 3 scenario.
The report accuses U.S. President Barack Obama and U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron of suffering from a “collective amnesia,” and whose “weak and unconvincing responses” have encouraged Putin to further his global interests and ambitions.
“The Kremlin perceives that the West lacks the will to pay the necessary price to defend its principles.”
The report states that lack of effective support for the “outgunned and outmanned” Ukrainian government by the West would have far reaching consequences for the Western alliance, namely the possible risk of a World War 3 situation.
“The conflict in Ukraine is a defining factor for the future of European security. Russia may have the greater interest in Ukraine, but the West has an even bigger interest in preserving the post-Cold War environment. If that is dismantled, it is conceivable that Nato and the EU could collapse too.”
The report, which indicates World War 3 could be a possible outcome of current global situations if the West refuses to act accordingly, also admits that Putin currently faces the biggest challenge of his 15-year rule.
However, the British intelligence experts stress that Putin’s fragile position could make the Russian bear even more dangerous if provoked.
“Indeed one school of thought holds that Moscow is at its most dangerous when weak.”
The Express reports that the intelligence paper arrives at a time when both Europe and the U.S. are facing increasing aggression and bullish manoeuvres from Putin.
In May of this year, both Britain and Sweden scrambled fighters to intercept Russian bombers who were close to violating their respective airspaces, and a Russian fighter’s “sloppy and unsafe” interception of a U.S. reconnaissance plane in international aerospace above the Baltic Sea has caused the United States to file a complaint with Russia.
Europe Minister David Lidington has announced, in no uncertain terms, Europe’s intentions to curb Putin’s aggressive tactics.
“The blame for the current crisis lies squarely with Russia and the separatists in eastern Ukraine, who are backed by the Russian authorities. The UK is working closely with EU and G7 partners in response to Russian actions in Ukraine.
By imposing a robust sanctions regime, we have shown Russia that its unjustifiable and illegal actions will not be tolerated.”
What respect Putin will give to such words is questionable, but as the British intelligence report indicates, the West must start effectively standing up to Putin and defend what it holds dear if it is to prevent the hell and horror of a World War 3 scenario.
Russian Fighter Jet Came Within 3 Meters of U.S. Spy Plane Over the Black Sea
The Moscow Times
A Russian fighter jet patrolling the Black Sea coast came within 3 meters of a U.S. spy plane on May 30, CNN reported Friday, citing several U.S. officials.
According to the report, the Russian jet followed the U.S. plane “for some time” at the same altitude, although the U.S. plane did not have to resort to avoidance maneuvers, news portal Lenta.ru reported.
The Russian military declined to say whether it had filed a diplomatic protest with the United States over the incident.
This is not the first time American and Russian military forces have come close to conflict in the region.
Also in late May, two Russian SU-24 supersonic fighter jets from the Black Sea Fleet flew a sortie over the destroyer U.S.S. Ross, which had in the opinion of the Russian military come too close to Russian territorial waters in the Black Sea, according to Lenta.ru. After the flight the U.S. ship moved further into neutral waters.
The U.S. Navy denied that the flights had caused the ship to retreat, according to military news website USNI News.
Russia Disposes of 195 Decommissioned Soviet-Era Nuclear Submarines
Currently, 195 of the 201 decommissioned submarines have been recycled. The demolition of the rest submarines and 14 technical support vessels is due to be completed by 2020.
Russia’s Rosatom Corporation is nearing to complete the recycling of Soviet-made decommissioned nuclear-powered submarines and support vessels.
Currently, 195 of the 201 decommissioned submarines have been recycled. The demolition of all the decommissioned nuclear submarines and 14 technical support vessels is due to be completed by 2020.
"We have started the recycling of technical support vessels and depot ships. By 2020, we are expected to complete the dismantling and recycling of all 14 support ships decommissioned from the Northern and the Pacific Fleets as well as two Atomflot support ships," Rosatom CEO Sergei Kirienko said during the "70th anniversary of the Russian Atom" forum in Chelyabinsk.
"195 of the 201 submarines have been dismantled and recycled. Six submarines are left. Now we have no vessels standing in queue for dismantling. In 1999, when Rosatom was charged with the disposal there were 120 submarines waiting," Kirienko said.
In 2014, the recycling of the "Volodarsky" depot ship was completed. Now, the dismantling of the "Lepse" depot ship has begun. Within six months, it will have its nuclear fuel removed. Then it will be prepared for wet storage before the disposal.
Kirienko also pointed out that under the "Nuclear radioactive safety 2" program new equipment and technology were developed, including the recycling technology for the uranium-beryllium fuel from project 705 submarines which were equipped with liquid-metal reactors.
The need to recycle nuclear submarines and depot ships emerged after the fall of the Soviet Union. At that time, military spending was significantly reduced. More than 200 submarines built in the 1950-1980s, and a large number of support vessels, were decommissioned from the Russian navy.
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