Russia ramps up the heat on NATO with Nuke deployment

Russia’s deployment of nuclear-capable missiles to its Kaliningrad exclave is setting off warning bells in the Baltics and at Nato. This is not the first time that the Russians have deployed Iskander-M short-range ballistic missiles to Kaliningrad and it will not be the last. Indeed, some experts believe Russia’s long-term plan is eventually to deploy the weapons permanently to the Russian enclave, sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania. The Iskander-M system is relatively modern and was introduced into the Russian military in 2006. It is highly mobile – a pair of missiles are carried on a heavy-wheeled launcher. The missile is known as the SS-26 and code-named “Stone” by Nato. It […]

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It’s still 3 minutes to midnight

In its warning to world leaders the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists have kept the doomsday clock at 3 minutes to midnight. The clock was wound forward last year stating “The probability of global catastrophe is very high, and the actions needed to reduce the risks of disaster must be taken very soon.” Whilst there has been improvement in some areas “That probability has not been reduced. The Clock ticks. Global danger looms. Wise leaders should act—immediately” The doomsday clock is a figurative clock designed to show in understandable terms how close the world is to disaster. It’s roots are in the cold war and nuclear weapons however in more recent […]