Amid rising tensions between Russia and the United States, there have been reports circulating that Moscow may be preparing to conduct a nuclear weapons test. However, the Kremlin has downplayed these claims, stating that all nuclear states are adhering to a moratorium on nuclear testing.
The U.S. ambassador to Moscow, Lynne Tracy, recently gave an interview to the Kommersant newspaper in which she suggested that Russia was the only country discussing the possible resumption of nuclear testing. This comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin made comments in February, claiming that some in Washington were considering breaking the moratorium on nuclear testing, and that Russia should be prepared to respond in kind.
Putin’s statement was accompanied by a warning that “global strategic parity” could not be destroyed, and that if the U.S. were to conduct tests, then Russia would as well. Despite these remarks, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed the idea that Russia was planning a nuclear test of its own.
“At the moment, everyone is sticking to the moratorium. There is nothing more to say here,” Peskov told reporters.
If the United States conducts tests, then we will. No one should have dangerous illusions that global strategic parity can be destroyed,” Putin said.
Tensions between the U.S. and Russia have been steadily rising since the start of the conflict with Ukraine. Putin has repeatedly warned that Russia is prepared to use its nuclear arsenal to defend its “territorial integrity”, further fueling concerns about the possibility of nuclear war.
In February, Putin announced that Russia was suspending its participation in the New START treaty, the last remaining nuclear arms agreement with the U.S. This treaty limits the number of strategic warheads each side can deploy, and its suspension has raised fears that a new arms race may be on the horizon.
As the world watches nervously, the fate of global nuclear stability hangs in the balance. The potential resumption of nuclear testing by any country could have catastrophic consequences for the entire planet. It is imperative that all nations, especially nuclear-armed ones, work together to maintain peace and prevent the escalation of tensions that could lead to a devastating conflict.
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