At the last moment, Russia and the United States managed to avoid a new stage in the arms race, but this victory is short-lived.
As previously reported by News Front, Moscow and Washington agreed to extend the Treaty on the Reduction of Offensive Arms. This became possible a few days before the expiration of the agreement and only after Joe Biden came to power in the United States. As Russian leader Vladimir Putin insisted, the START Treaty was extended by 5 years.
Thus, a new nuclear arms race between the two superpowers was avoided, writes Bloomberg. True, the crisis is not over, and the danger of a catastrophe continues to grow. The agency drew attention to the fact that the START terms apply only to the stocks of strategic weapons of the Russian Federation and the United States.
“This applies to those warheads that two adversaries send to each other’s homeland. The treaty says nothing about “tactical” nuclear weapons, more flexible and usually smaller warheads designed for potential use in a war zone to win or avoid losing in a conventional conflict”, – the article says.
In this field, the arms race is already underway, and the United States is seriously lagging behind. Russian developments, according to Bloomberg, a few decades ago “were science fiction”. As an example, the agency cites the Poseidon unmanned submarine capable of unleashing a radioactive tsunami on the United States.
Thus, it becomes obvious that the current arms race is seriously different from the race between the USSR and the United States, when the confrontation was reduced to a banal count of warheads on each side. Now competition means the introduction of the latest technology.
Another problem is the readiness of the parties to use nuclear weapons as a preventive strike. Bloomberg in this regard cites one of the possible scenarios of the war, namely a tactical nuclear strike in the Baltic region. The authors imply that it is Russia that will make this strike, and the first one. Then NATO will be forced to respond, after which the conflict will cease to be local, and Russian supersonic missiles will leave the United States a matter of minutes to make decisions.
In protest against this alignment, 86 non-nuclear countries even signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in order to completely ban this type of weapon. It came into effect on January 22nd.
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“But these mostly smaller and poorer states do not hold the future in their hands. This is done by the major nuclear powers. They must put aside their frightening other differences and start comprehensive negotiations to prevent the worst”, – the agency concluded.