Guardian: The US and Russia were on the brink of a new “nuclear arms race”

Exacerbates the split between Moscow and Washington over cruise missiles and more daring patrols Russian nuclear submarines threatened to put an end to the era of arms control and return the dangerous rivalry between the two major nuclear powers, writes the Guardian.

Tension rose again after the US threatened to take action in response to the development of a new Russian cruise missile. Washington said that Moscow had violated one of the key agreement during the Cold War, and again 23 years later talking about plans to place its own cruise missiles in Europe.
Meanwhile, the newspaper notes, in the past year, the number of deployed strategic nuclear warheads in Russia and the United States has increased, and both countries are spending billions of dollars to upgrade their “shield”.
Against the backdrop of the war in the Ukraine and the deteriorating economy Vladimir Putin to focus more on nuclear weapons as a guarantee and a symbol of Russian influence. The new “aggressive tone” Moscow coincided with a massive update the Russian nuclear arsenal, which reflects Russia’s desire to keep up on this indicator from the US. First of all, modernization As for a significant increase in the number of warheads on submarines in connection with the development of a ballistic missile “Bulava”.
According to the publication, the update also includes the creation of new or revival of the old delivery systems. Last month, the Russian authorities announced the launch of “nuclear train” combat missile systems, which will move around the country with the help of the railway, making it difficult to determine their location.
However, the greatest concern to the US is a Russian cruise missile medium-range test which, according to the Obama administration, is a clear violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).
This agreement will put an end to dangerous confrontation in Europe between US and Russian cruise missiles. These shells can get radar protection and strike at strategic goals, almost without attracting attention, a concern for both sides because of the possibility of unexpected pre-emptive strike.
The representative of the US Department of Defense Brian McKeon said the Pentagon is considering a number of military action in response to the test of a Russian rocket. He did not rule out the option of accommodation similar US weapons in Europe, although it is contrary to the terms of the INF.
Anxiety US military also is the revival of the Russian submarine fleet. Moscow is building a new generation of giant missile submarines and torpedo submarines, which are not inferior or superior to their US counterparts general characteristics and stealth. “Starting with the bottom mark in 2002, when the Russian fleet was unable to send any one submarine patrol, Russia is gradually restoring its global reach,” - says the publication.
In the American press has reported on Russian submarines, which came to the east coast of the United States, but similar

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