The Russian Satellite News Agency reported on October 26 that the Russian military is holding a nuclear exercise code-named “Thunder-2022” in the country in response to a large-scale nuclear strike that the enemy may launch. Although this is Russia’s annual routine exercise, in the context of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, Putin personally supervised the whole process, so the significance of this exercise is naturally different from before.
According to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, on the 26th, the Russian land, sea and air strategic deterrent forces participated in the exercise and launched cruise missiles and ballistic missiles. In this exercise that lasted until the 29th, Russia can be said to be the best, not only the “Yars” ICBM from the Russian Strategic Missile Force, but also the “Tula” nuclear submarine of the Northern Fleet, and the Russian Aerospace Forces. Two “Tu-95MS” strategic bombers.
On the first day of the exercise, the three Russian armies took turns going into battle. On land, the Russian Strategic Missile Force launched a “Yars” intercontinental ballistic missile at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, and after traversing the Russian territory 5,700 axioms, it accurately hit the Kura shooting range on the Kamchatka Peninsula.
At sea, the nuclear submarine “Tula” of the Russian Northern Fleet launched an R-29RMU2 “Canoe” submarine-launched intercontinental ballistic missile from the Barents Sea, which hit the Kura range in Kamchatka with the same precision. Over the Arctic, the “Tu-95MS” long-range strategic bomber of the Russian Aerospace Forces launched long-range cruise missiles, demonstrating Russia’s powerful triad nuclear strike capability.
It is worth noting that NATO’s “Resolute Noon” nuclear strike exercise, which kicked off on the 17th, is also in full swing. This Western strategic nuclear exercise, which will last until the 30th of this month, coincides with Russia’s “Thunder-2022”. “coincide. Although NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg has always claimed that the exercise is not aimed at any country, this exercise from 14 NATO member states, including the B-52 strategic bomber, dispatched more than 60 nuclear weapons, it is obvious Just for Russia.
Because at the beginning of October, many leaders of Western countries, including US President Biden, successively issued remarks on nuclear deterrence, constantly exaggerating Russia’s “nuclear threat”, and created an atmosphere for subsequent nuclear exercises. The Russian media also claimed that this “Thunder” nuclear exercise is a positive response to the “firm noon” in the West, intended to warn and deter the United States and Europe.
However, compared with Western countries, what Ukraine is doing now is obviously more crazy. According to Russian intelligence sources, Ukraine is planning to disguise the country’s “Dot-U” ballistic missiles as Russian Iskander missiles, fill the missiles with radioactive materials, and then launch them at Chernobyl Shoot it down or detonate it directly over the nuclear power plant.
After that, the Ukrainian side will start to collect the wreckage of the missile, especially the radioactive material inside, and make it public. Then the Western media can take the opportunity to hype, overwhelm and bombard Russia in public opinion, occupy the moral high ground, and make Russia a “war criminal”. From Ukraine’s point of view, this plan has the full support of the West. Once successful, Russia will be embattled on all sides and fall into a very passive situation internationally.
If true, then Zelensky is really guilty, because it will anger Russia, trigger the nuclear button, and plunge the world into a whirlpool of nuclear war. On October 24th, Russia had already referred this incident to the United Nations, and the Russian representative to the United Nations, Nebenja, sent a letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Guterres, asking the Security Council to discuss the matter as soon as possible and do its best to prevent this.” heinous crimes”.
In fact, on October 23, Russian Defense Minister Shoigu had a phone call with the defense ministers of the United States, Britain and France about the “dirty bomb”. However, they were treated indifferently by the three countries, insisting that Russia was indiscriminately accusing Ukraine and making excuses for the escalation of the conflict.
Regarding the attitudes of the United States, Europe and other countries on this issue, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov also told reporters on the 24th that the Russian side would not be surprised by the reaction given by the West, and they still indulge Ze Lensky took any military action against Russia, such as bombing Russian civilian facilities and attacking innocent Russian civilians.
But the “dirty bomb” is of great importance after all, and its consequences are enough to endanger the security of the entire world. To this end, Russian Defense Minister Shoigu also called the Chinese and Indian defense ministers and reiterated that Ukraine was ready to use dirty bombs. It is not difficult to see that after being ignored by the West, Russia is seeking the solidarity of other countries in the world, which has aroused the reaction of the international community.
Indian Defense Minister Singh also said in a call with Shoigu that neither side of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict should resort to the nuclear option, and called on Russia and Ukraine to resolve the conflict as soon as possible through dialogue and diplomatic channels.
The statement of the Indian Defense Minister does indeed represent the voice of the international community. The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has been fought for so long, and it has also brought great harm to the world. Force is not the way to solve the problem, and peaceful negotiation is the only way out. All parties should make efforts to resolve the hatred between the two countries and increase the tension.
At a time when the situation in Russia and Ukraine is anxious, Sino-US relations have also undergone new changes. On October 26, when Biden met U.S. Defense Secretary Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Milley at the White House, he said that the United States can and must manage the increasingly fierce competition with China responsibly and maintain the United States’ military superiority, but not. Seek conflict with China.
Also on the 26th, U.S. Secretary of State Blinken said at an event organized by Bloomberg that mainland China is trying to accelerate the “capture” of Taiwan, and is unwilling to accept the status quo of cross-strait relations, hoping to speed up the reunification process. Later, he added that the US does not want a “cold war” and has no intention of restricting China, but at the same time it will resolutely safeguard the US’s own interests.
Although the United States still emphasizes “competition” with China, the tone has softened slightly than before. The Biden administration is sending a signal to the outside world to avoid “competition” with China in a zero-sum game, and take the initiative to cool down Sino-US relations. Leave some wiggle room for communication and dialogue between China and the US.
Under the current complicated international situation, the strengthening of cooperation between China and the United States is of great significance to the stability and development of the world. The Chinese side has stated its attitude towards Sino-US cooperation before. China is willing to work with the US side to respect each other, coexist peacefully, and achieve win-win cooperation, and find the right way for China and the US to get along in the new era. This will not only benefit the two countries, but also benefit the world. .
However, the statement of the United States has not been implemented into the policy. The remarks cannot represent the true attitude of the US side, and the future Sino-US relations still need practical changes from the US side.