Contents tagged with nuclear weapons

  • Mogherini: EU would be glad to lift sanctions on Russia if Minsk agreements are implemented

    The countries of the European Union "would be happy" to lift sanctions imposed on Russia once they have reached the full implementation of the Minsk Agreements, but at the moment it cannot be done, said the head of EU diplomacy, Federica Mogherini, during her visit to the United States.

    "We would be happy to lift sanctions against Russia if the Minsk Agreements were fully implemented," she said, speaking at an event at the Carnegie Institute in Washington.

    On the topic of US-Russia relations, …

  • Russian official: Russia may review its nuclear security measures if U.S. deploys nuclear weapons in South Korea and Japan

    The Head of the Defense Committee of the Federation Council of Russia, Viktor Ozerov, said that, if necessary, the Russian Federation might analyze and review measures to strengthen its nuclear security.

    Ozerov made this statement in response to the words of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about the possible emergence of nuclear weapons in South Korea and Japan to contain the threat from North Korea.

    "I do not think that the deployment of nuclear weapons in South Korea and Japan poses a …

  • US accuses Russia of deploying land-based cruise missiles

    Russia deployed land-based cruise missiles in its own territory in violation of the “spirit and intent” of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, signed by US President Ronald Reagan and USSR leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987 in Washington.

    General Paul Selva, Vice Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, made a statement to this effect on Wednesday the 8th of March, as reported by Reuters.

    Reuters noted that the General’s statement was the first official confirmation from the …

  • Russia says that new US Defense Bill is aimed at undermining nuclear parity with Russia

    The Russian Ministry of Defense stated that the new US defense bill clearly shows that Washington plans to undermine the nuclear parity with Russia.

    This was stated by the Director of the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova, as reported by Russia’s TASS news agency.

    “A big portion of the bill is dedicated to the subject of the Anti Missile Defense. While before,  the main goal of the American anti missile system was the defense against ' …

  • Dzhemilev: Russia brought six nuclear warheads to the Crimea

    In speaking at the European Parlaiment in Brussels, during a forum to discuss the illegal annexation of the Crimea, the Leader of the Crimean Tatar people, Ukrainian MP Mustafa Dzhemilev, stated that, "the invaders have brought nuclear weapons to the Crimea, and the Crimean Tatar people are being forced out of the peninsula," UNIAN news agency reports.

    "According to our data, nuclear arms were brought to the peninsula. The Information Services of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People have …

  • Ukrainian MPs propose the restoration of Ukraine’s nuclear status

    Members of the Radical Party of Ukraine, along with the head of its parliamentary faction, Oleh Lyashko, presented to the Verkhovna Rada a draft bill on the restoration of Ukraine's status as a nuclear power.

    The bill provides for the abolition of the law "On the accession of Ukraine to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons on July 1st, 1968", as well as the resumption of the country's right to nuclear weapons. The text of the document has not yet been published.

    In 1994, the …

  • Europe is concerned about Russia’s declared right to deploy nuclear weapons to Crimea

    On the 27th of October, the European Parliament overwhelmingly adopted the Nuclear Safety and Non-Proliferation resolution during the plenary session in Strasbourg. In the text of the resolution, the European parliamentarians expressed concerns about threats to use nuclear weapons posed by Russia and called on nuclear-weapon states to reduce the number of nuclear weapons and the role of non-peaceful atomics in the military doctrine.

    The European Parliament pointed out troubling examples such …

  • In planning for military development, Russia will take into account US project to modernize nuclear weapons

    Russia will factor into their military planning the US decision to start production on a modernized nuclear bomb in 2020, the head of the State Duma Defense Committee and former Black Sea Fleet Commander, Admiral Vladimir Komoedov, told Interfax.“I think, of course, we will take this into account in military planning,” he said.On Tuesday, there was news that the US National Nuclear Security Administration has begun preparations for the production of a new modernized nuclear bomb, the B61-12. …

  • Theresa May defends Trident nuclear program due to threats from North Korea and Russia

    Before the vote on updating the Trident nuclear program, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May, stated before parliament that the United Kingdom can’t turn away from the nuclear deterrence program because of real threats from Russia and North Korea. According to the Prime Minister, the nuclear program is a guarantee of national security and that is why it can’t be abandoned.

    “Some people suggest to us that we should actually be removing our nuclear deterrent. This has been a …

  • Russia to carry out large-scale nuclear missile testing in the Arctic

    Russia will bring Borey-type submarines which are 170 meters in length into the Arctic, from which 16 missiles with nuclear long-range warheads will be simultaneously launched, Bild reported. The newspaper claims this is Moscow’s attempt to show the US its military might. The tests will be the largest conducted in 25 years, and its official purpose is to test the readiness of the submarine fleet. Recently, American servicemen tested Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles, Deutsche Welle …