On October 28, local time, Singapore’s “Lianhe Zaobao” website reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a warning that the world is currently facing “probably the most dangerous decade since the end of World War II.” When attending the annual meeting of the Valdai International Debate Club on the 27th, Putin slammed the West with fierce words. Not only that, he also said that he did not regret launching a “special military operation” against Ukraine. Putin said, “Special military operation” Goals are being achieved, and Western dominance of world affairs is coming to an end.
Since Russia launched a special military operation against Ukraine, the discussion about nuclear weapons and nuclear deterrence has never stopped, especially in the recent period, on October 17, NATO held its annual nuclear military exercise code-named “Resolute Noon”, the US military. The B-52 strategic bomber arrived in Europe, and the exercise site is only more than 1,000 kilometers away from Russia. 60 military aircraft from a total of 14 countries will participate in the exercise. The outside world was once worried about whether the exercise would lead to a conflict between Russia and NATO countries. nuclear war. Because according to the “Nuclear Sharing” plan of the United States, many NATO countries have deployed nuclear weapons of the US military.
The data shows that the United States has deployed B61 tactical nuclear bombs in five countries: Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey. This tactical nuclear weapon has a yield of 10,000 tons to 300,000 tons, and its power can be adjusted freely. Due to its small size and light weight, this type of tactical nuclear bomb can be fought by F-15E, F-35, F-16 fighter jets or “Furious Wind”. Bombers and other tactical aircraft are mounted and used very flexibly, and these nuclear weapons deployed by the United States in Europe have recently become one of the major destabilizing factors in Europe.
It is worth mentioning that NATO did not release a clear message that the nuclear deterrence exercise would be held. In March of this year, the United States had planned to hold a missile launch exercise in NATO, but the exercise was canceled out of fear of Russia’s miscalculation. The outside world once believed that this year’s “firm noon” nuclear exercise would not be held. As a result, on October 11, NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg suddenly officially announced that NATO would hold nuclear deterrence exercises.
What date is October 11? After a little calculation, you can know that on the 8th of this month, the Crimea Bridge in Russia was attacked, and then Ukraine admitted to launching the attack. Putin characterized the attack as “targeting civilian facilities.” terrorist attack”, followed by Russia’s massive attack on Ukraine on October 10. On October 11, the day after Russia launched a large-scale attack, NATO announced that it would hold the “Resolute Noon” nuclear exercise as scheduled, which is self-evident.
In the face of the aggressive NATO, Russia also responded with color. On October 26, local time, Russia also competed against each other to hold the “Thunder-2022” strategic deterrent power exercise. It is worth mentioning that the weapons deployed by the Russian military are much more powerful than NATO. In addition to the B-52 bomber, NATO participated in some tactical aircraft. However, Russia’s exercises in this exercise are all strategic-level weapons, including the “Yars” intercontinental ballistic missiles that the Russian army is proud of, Delta IV strategic nuclear submarines, and Tu-95MS strategic bombers and other weapons.
During the exercise, the “Yars” intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from the Plesetsk State Test Launch Site and successfully hit the target on the Kura shooting range on the Kamchatka Peninsula. The Delta IV strategic nuclear submarine “Tula” was also launched from The R-29RMU “Deep Blue” submarine-launched intercontinental ballistic missile was launched at the range in the Barents Sea. The Tu-95MS of the Russian Aerospace Forces has also launched the Kh-55 series of long-range air-launched nuclear cruise missiles in the Arctic. This represents the Russian naval, land and air trinity strategic nuclear deterrent force, which is obviously much tougher than NATO’s tactical nuclear exercises.
So, in Putin’s words, “the world is facing what may be the most dangerous decade since the end of World War II.” This is not an alarmist. Now the conflict between Russia and Ukraine is intensifying, and the situation on the peninsula is not peaceful. On October 28, North Korea once again launched two short-range ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan. Since September 25, North Korea has carried out 9 missile launches The test, while South Korean and U.S. intelligence agencies believe North Korea may be on the verge of a seventh nuclear test. In the Middle East, Iran has also recently announced a new nuclear reactor. Some Eastern European countries, including Poland, have begun to distribute anti-radiation drugs. The threat of nuclear war is approaching step by step. How will the United States and Russia handle the crisis in the future? let us wait and see.