If an armed conflict were to ever occur between Russia and the United States, Vladimir Putin reportedly is readying enough forces to win. Pravda recently released a report claiming that Russia’s tactical nuclear weapons, in addition to its armed forces, are already capable of winning World War 3. Reports of Russian nuclear weapons in Crimea are being denied officially by Russia, but Ukraine claims Russia is secretly “fueling war” and is attempting to show restraint to prevent open warfare.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, although fears of World War 3 are often downplayed, Noam Chomsky claims a Russian nuclear war is possible if the U.S. and NATO intervene in Ukraine.
Earlier this fall, the U.S. State Department confirmed that Russian nuclear weapons have already surpassed U.S. nuclear weapons in the number of estimated warheads. Pravda claims the apparent “weakness” of Russia in comparison to the U.S. and NATO was a myth “made up in the 90’s under the influence of Boris Yeltsin and his betrayal of Russian national interests.” Instead, Pravda claims the ” superiority of modern-day Russia over NATO is even stronger” in regards to tactical nuclear weapons.”
“To date, NATO countries have only 260 tactical nuclear weapons in the ETO. The United States has 200 bombs with a total capacity of 18 megatons. They are located on six air bases in Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Turkey. France has 60 more atomic bombs. That is pretty much it. Russia, according to conservative estimates, has 5,000 pieces of different classes of TNW – from Iskander warheads to torpedo, aerial and artillery warheads! The US has 300 tactical B-61 bombs on its own territory, but this does not change the situation against the backdrop of such imbalance.”
In addition, Pravda notes that “the Americans withdrew the last group of heavy Abrams tanks from Europe” in 2013 and decommissioned many of the older models. This military decision has supposedly made Russia the “absolute leader” in regards to its tank forces, with Russian tanks being numbered at “18,177 tanks (T-90 – 400 pcs., T-72B – 7,144 pcs., T-80 – 4,744 pcs, T-64 – 4,000 pcs, T-62 – 689 pcs, and T-55 – 1200 pcs.).”
Recently, U.S. Gen Philip Breedlove, the top NATO commander in Europe, claimed it was possible that some of Russia’s nuclear weapons may be moved into Crimea. Breedlove also spoke of seeing “Russian tanks, Russian artillery, Russian air defense systems and Russian combat troops” entering Ukraine. But Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told Russian news agencies that Russia has “stopped paying attention to unfounded statements by NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe General Philip Breedlove about his ‘seeing’ Russian military columns that are allegedly invading Ukraine.”
At the same time, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu admitted that Vladimir Putin intends on having a “full-blown” military force established in Crimea. According to Voice Of America, U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power alleged that Putin’s government has not lived up to any of the conditions of the September 5 Minsk cease-fire agreement.
“Where Russia has made commitments, it has failed to meet them. Russia has negotiated a peace plan, and then systematically undermined it at every step. It talks of peace, but it keeps fueling war,” said Power.
Ukraine’s ambassador to the United Nations, Yuriy Sergeyev, claims the reason that “open war in the east of Ukraine hasn’t started yet is because of Ukraine’s restraint.” Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin recently claimed in a speech that the real threat to world peace is the Islamic State, not Russia’s nuclear weapons.