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Nuclear Disarmament at Stake in Russia-West Tiff
GOLTS: THE KREMLIN THINKS IT CAN USE NUCLEAR THREAT TO WIN GLOBAL RESPECT; HOWEVER, SUCH TACTICS ARE MORE REMINISCENT OF NORTH KOREA
RUSSIA’S MAIN VALUE. (By Aleksandr Golts. The New Times, Oct. 31, 2016, p. 32. Condensed text:) All last week, the world watched with trepidation as a Russian Naval grouping led by the Admiral Kuznetsov, Russia’s only aircraft carrier, made its way to the Syrian coast [see Current Digest, Vol. 68, No. 43, pp. 3 - 6]. The whole time, the aircraft carrier mercilessly smoked up the skies with its steam turbines and turbo-pressurized boilers. Thus, instead of demonstrating Russia’s growing military might, [the carrier] showed its reliance on outdated technology as it made its way into the Mediterranean. And while Russian leaders’ menacing speeches leave no doubt that Moscow has entered into a direct military confrontation with the West, it must be said that Russia didn’t prepare too well for this war. You can’t create a millions-strong army out of [the country’s] aging population; the industrial sector is clearly not prepared to mass produce weapons; and the Collective Security Treaty Organization can’t hold a candle to NATO.
Moscow’s only resource is its nuclear arsenal, which is basically equal to America’s (Russia has 1,796 warheads and 508 nuclear warhead launchers; the US has 1,367 warheads and 681 launchers). That’s more than enough to destroy all life on the planet. Moreover, Moscow is constantly improving its nuclear weapons. Even during an economic crisis, the Kremlin continues to implement a number of large-scale nuclear rearmament programs. Next-generation atomic submarines equipped with Bulava missiles are being constructed. [Russia] is also developing the Sarmat heavy intercontinental ballistic missile - an image of it was recently posted on the developer’s official Web site. [Russian] Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu already inspected the Krasnoyarsk mechanical plant to ensure it is ready to produce this new weapon. What’s more, during the ...