Putin puts nuclear deterrent forces on alert after NATO’s “aggressive” statements

Russian President Vladimir Putin has put its nuclear deterrent forces on alert this Sunday in a “special service regime” after the “aggressive declarations” of the main NATO countries, which have sent more troops to the eastern flank of the organization.

The Russian president has given these instructions in a meeting with the Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigú, and the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, Valeri Gerasimov. Russia’s strategic deterrence forces are made up of the nuclear forces, including intercontinental missiles, as well as non nuclear forcesand the missile defensethe early warning system and air defense.

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Russia is the country with the largest nuclear arsenal currently and concentrates 90% of nuclear weapons worldwide. According to the latest available data, Vladimir Putin retains 6,255 nuclear warheads, of which 1,625 are deployed and the rest are in storage or in the process of being dismantled.

The decision of the Russian president has come minutes before Ukraine reported a Ukrainian delegation will meet with a Russian without conditions on the border between Ukraine and Belarus, near the Pripyat River. In this way, the word negotiation takes shape on the fourth day since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began.

A response to NATO’s “harsh comments”

“The highest officials of the main NATO countries aggressive statements against our country are allowedThat is why I am ordering the Defense Minister and the Chief of the General Staff to place the containment forces of the Russian Army on a special duty regime,” Putin said in a televised message.

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The Russian president has ordered this alert after denouncing that the West is taking unfriendly steps towards Russia from an economic point of view. “I am referring to the illegitimate sanctions well known to all,” he added, referring to the gale of Western sanctions imposed on Russia after its invasion of Ukraine, which the Kremlin calls a “special military operation” of “demilitarization and denazification” of the neighboring country.

NATO has deployed its Response Force by land, sea and air for the first time for the collective defense after the Russian invasion Ukraine and its allies have accelerated the shipment of weapons to the Ukrainian Army in recent hours. The Atlantic Alliance has made it clear that if Russia attacks any member of NATO will entail the application of its article 5, according to which an attack against one Alliance country is equivalent to an attack against all of them.

Several European countries have announced in the last few hours that they are closing their airspace to Russian aircraft. Among those nations is Spain, which wants to This measure can be extended to seaports. As sources from the Spanish government have confirmed to RTVE, they hope that during this Sunday’s extraordinary meeting of foreign ministers a common position will be adopted on the matter.

The United States and the European Union, along with other Western partners, have also joined forces to expel “certain” Russian banks from the SWIFT interbank communications system.

The Atlantic Alliance calls Putin’s order “irresponsible”

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has stated that the Russian president’s order is “dangerous” and “irresponsible”.

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“This is dangerous rhetoric. This is irresponsible behavior and of course when you combine this rhetoric with what they are doing on the ground in Ukraine, this adds to the seriousness of the situationStoltenberg has indicated.

For its part, the United States, which has described Putin’s order as “unnecessary”, has pointed out that the Russian president brings into play forces that, if there were a miscalculation, could make the situation more dangerous.

Ukraine agrees to negotiate with Russia

This announcement came minutes before Ukraine agreed to send a delegation to negotiate with Russia on the Ukrainian-Belarusian border, along the Pripyat River, as reported by the office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“We agreed that the Ukrainian delegation would meet with the Russian without preconditions on the Ukraine-Belarus border near the Pripyat River,” according to Zelensky’s official Telegram channel.

The Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Dmitro Kuleba, has stated that his country it will not “capitulate or surrender a flea from its territory”. “We are going to listen to what Russia wants to say and say what we think about this war,” she stressed.

meanwhile this sunday the Foreign Ministers of the 27 meet again in an Extraordinary Council telematic in which the European partners are likely to adopt new sanctions.


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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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