Vladimir Putin has sparked fears of World War 3 by announcing his intention to add 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles to Russia’s nuclear arsenal before the end of the year.
Neither a dancer or a diplomat, Putin is something of a bull in a China shop when it comes to the world stage, but the Russian President’s latest announcement to bolster Russia’s already formidable arsenal has not only ruffled a fair few weathers, but caused many observers to ask, “What’s Putin planning? World War 3?”
Although the horrific and unlikely scenario of World War 3 may be just that – unlikely – Putin’s latest move in an increasingly aggressive game of chess with the Western powers has sparked outrage, and the Russian President has been accused of escalating military tension in a world which is wired and already on the brink of some unimaginable catastrophe.
The Inquisitr previously reported how Vladimir Putin’s second in command, Deputy Premier Dmitry Rogozin, taunted the West with a chilling warning of a possible World War 3 scenario when he boasted “Tanks don’t need visas.”
Putin’s deputy flanned the flames further when he bragged to Russian TV viewers that Russia should not fear any other country when it comes to furthering their own interests.
“We should not look at anybody or be offended, we should just go. We are one big Armata.
“Our nuclear shield is strong, it is so strong that I would say it is more powerful than anyone else’s.This is why Russia today can ensure its strategic security, not only going face to face with the USA, but also face to face with the whole Western coalition.”
Now Putin’s plan to boost Russia’s arsenal of approximately 4,500 nuclear warheads with 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles has been condemned by Nato.
Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told the Daily Express that Putin’s plan to possess more missiles is dangerous but, “confirms the pattern and behaviour of Russia over a period of time.”
“We have seen Russia is investing more in defence in general and in its nuclear capability in particular.
“This nuclear sabre-rattling of Russia is unjustified, it’s destabilising and it’s dangerous.”
Although Putin has previously stated that World War 3 fears are unjustified and only a “sick person” would imagine World War 3, Putin has also boasted that Russia’s advanced weapons would be able to overcome any anti-missile defence system in the world
Putin’s push for more nuclear capacity comes after U.S. officials discussed plans on the weekend to store heavy weapons in Poland.
Russia’s decision to add to their own arsenal is seen by many observers as a natural response to increased U.S. military presence in Eastern Europe, particularly in Russia’s near neighbour, Poland.
Putin’s Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov laughed off accusations of Russia preparing for World War 3 and accused Nato of pushing Putin into an arms race.
“The feeling is that our colleagues from Nato countries are pushing us into an arms race.”
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