This month NATO’s nuclear war games started over the UK, North Sea and very near to the Russian border in exercise “Steadfastnoon.”
Vladimir Putin has warned there could be a “global catastrophe” if there is a clash between NATO and Russian troops and US B52 long range nuclear and conventional weapons capable are simulating the “dropping of ‘tactical’ B61 nuclear weapons.”
The nuclear and surveillance exercises will run until 30 October which will send a very strong signal to Russia.
Dr Kate Hudson, general secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament warned that NATO’s nuclear exercises risks “increasing the nuclear threat from Putin.”
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Writing in Al Jazeera, Dr Hudson said, “Last week, NATO began a round of nuclear exercises simulating the dropping of ‘tactical’ B61 nuclear bombs over Europe.
“Although these drills are presented as routine, they are occurring alongside parallel Russian exercises. It’s hard to imagine worse timing.
“Surely with concerns about Armageddon expressed at the very highest levels of power, these exercises should have been called off as a message that the West won’t contribute to escalating nuclear tensions?
“Instead, our leaders are systematically failing to reduce the risk.”
Two weeks ago NATO said, “The exercise, which runs until 30 October, is a routine, recurring training activity and it is not linked to any current world events.”
“This exercise helps ensure that the alliance’s nuclear deterrent remains safe, secure and effective,” said NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg rejected any calls to scrap the nuclear drills amid increased tensions in Europe.
He said, “It would send a very wrong signal if we suddenly now cancelled a routine, long-time planned exercise because of the war in Ukraine.
“We need to understand that NATO’s firm, predictable behaviour, our military strength, is the best way to prevent escalation.”
In early 2022 Vladimir Putin moved nuclear missiles closer to Ukraine’s border and the tyrant has warned he is “not bluffing” and Moscow has “various weapons of destruction.”
Dr Simon Anglim, a military historian at King College London, said, “I strongly suspect the UK is already thinking about potential responses, it’s been thinking about this since the war began.”