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Russia notifies US of nuclear drills – Pentagon – RT World News


The Pentagon announced that Russia had officially notified US authorities of its intention to conduct annual exercises with its nuclear deterrent forces, in the midst of NATO’s “Steadfast Noon” nuclear exercises.

“The United States has been informed and, as we have already pointed out, this is a routine annual exercise on the part of Russia,” Air Force spokesman Brigadier General Patrick Ryder said Tuesday.

The U.S. military provided no further details, but acknowledged that Russia “complies with its arms control obligations and transparency commitments to make these notifications.”

The Russian Ministry of Defense has not yet issued an official statement on the scale of the planned exercise, but such exercises usually involve comprehensive testing of nuclear and non-nuclear capable weapons, to ensure the state of preparation of strategic deterrent forces and the entire chain of command. The last time Russia conducted a similar exercise was in February, days before Moscow launched its military operation in Ukraine.


The announcement comes amid ongoing ‘Steadfast Noon’ nuclear exercises, which are due to last until October 30 and take place over Belgium, the North Sea and the UK. NATO also described the exercises as “routine” and “not related to current world events”, while insisting that no real weapons will be used. Some 60 aircraft of various types from 14 NATO member states are participating in Steadfast Noon, including state-of-the-art combat aircraft, surveillance aircraft and tanker aircraft, as well as US B-52 strategic bombers nuclear capable.

President Vladimir Putin recently promised that Russia would use “all the means at our disposal” to defend its people and its territory – a statement that Washington and its NATO allies have interpreted as a veiled threat to deploy nuclear weapons.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg dismissed concerns that the alliance’s nuclear posture could miscalculate amid heightened tensions with Russia, stressing that it would instead send a “very bad signal” if NATO canceled the nuclear exercise because of the Ukrainian crisis.

RT

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