MOSCOW — Is a nuclear war looming on the horizon? Russia seems to be preparing for just that, as a shocking new report reveals that “dozens” of new underground bunkers are being constructed throughout the former Soviet Union.
Citing United States intelligence officials, the Washington Free Beacon reported that construction has been ongoing for several years on the bunkers , both in Moscow and around the country.
“Russia is getting ready for a big war which they assume will go nuclear, with them launching the first attacks,” former Pentagon nuclear policy official Mark Schneider told the media site. “We are not serious about preparing for a big war, much less a nuclear war.”
The Cold War, no doubt, is heating back up. Vladimir Putin has vowed to possess both the strongest and best equipped military on the face of the earth by 2020, having taken substantial steps over the past two years. The nuclear-proof underground bunkers are merely the most recent in a long list of disturbing developments going on behind what formerly was known the “Iron Curtain.”
Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, the commander of U.S. European Command, has said the rest of the world should be troubled by Russia’s moves.
“It is clear that Russia is modernizing its strategic forces,” Scaparrotti said, according to the Free Beacon. “Russian doctrine states that tactical nuclear weapons may be used in a conventional response scenario. This is alarming and it underscores why our country’s nuclear forces and NATO’s continues to be a vital component of our deterrence.”
As part of the nuclear buildup, Russia has added 153 strategic nuclear warheads, according to a State Department report. That includes new SS-27 Mod 2 intercontinental ballistic missiles and SS-N-32 submarine-launched missiles, the Free Beacon reported. Russia is also constructing a robotic drone submarine that can carry a nuclear weapon.
The National Institute for Public Policy, a U.S.-based think tank, released a report saying Russia wants to change the world’s perception of it.
“Russian leaders,” the report said, “appear to view nuclear weapons as the ultimate way to make the world ‘fear,’ or at least respect Russia, and provide a political lever to intimidate, coerce, and deter Western states from attempting to interfere militarily against Russian expansionism.”
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