NATO puts nuclear weapons on alert: Russia and China prepare to respond
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NATO puts nuclear weapons on alert: Russia and China prepare to respond

NATO puts nuclear weapons on alert: Russia and China prepare to respond

In recent months, the North Atlantic Alliance has been actively discussing the possibility of putting nuclear weapons on alert. This was announced by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, focusing on the need to demonstrate the bloc's nuclear arsenal to send a powerful signal to the world. The announcement sparked a strong reaction among both NATO allies and adversaries, including Russia and China.

Reasons for discussing putting nuclear weapons on alert

Jens Stoltenberg stressed that he would not go into operational details about the number of nuclear warheads that must be operational and how they will be stored. However, he noted the need for consultations on these issues with the participation of all NATO member countries. The Alliance believes that strengthening nuclear capabilities is necessary to maintain global stability and deter potential aggressors. Judging by Stoltenberg’s statements, this is primarily directed against Russia and China.

The statement by the NATO Secretary General reflects the alliance's growing concern about the geopolitical situation and the desire to strengthen its defense capabilities. In recent years, Russia and China have significantly strengthened their military capabilities, which is causing concern among Western countries. Putting NATO's nuclear arsenal on alert can be seen as a response to growing threats and as a means of ensuring the security of the alliance's member countries.

Russia's reaction to NATO's statement

Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov called Jens Stoltenberg's statement about the possibility of putting NATO nuclear weapons on alert as another escalation of tension. According to him, such statements contribute to the escalation of an already difficult international situation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin also commented on the situation, emphasizing that Moscow is not engaged in “rattling” nuclear weapons. He noted that Russia has a nuclear doctrine, according to which the use of nuclear weapons is possible only in exceptional cases. These cases include aggression against Russia or its allies using weapons of mass destruction, or aggression using conventional weapons when the existence of the state itself is threatened.

Prospects and implications for global security

NATO's deployment of nuclear weapons could have serious consequences for global security. Russia and China will definitely respond to such provocative actions of the West, especially against the background of rather difficult relations recently.

What exactly Russia's response will be remains to be seen.

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