In a very dangerous game aimed at tipping the Nuclear Balance in the Kremlin’s favour a further 40 Nuclear ICBM’s (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile) will be added to the Russia’s already massive stockpile.
Mr Putin attended an Arms fair this week and stated that the new ICBM’s would “be able to overcome even the most technically advanced anti-missile defence systems”
In light of ever weakening conventional armed forces Russia has steadily increased its Nuclear Arsenal whilst the US and Europe have sought to reduce them creating a dangerous imbalance which goes against the principles of M.A.D (Mutually Assured Destruction) however it should be noted that NATO still holds enough Nuclear Weapons to ensure a full retaliatory response to any Nuclear attack.
Russia has increasingly turned to its Nuclear Weapons as a form of sabre rattling largely due to the financial constraints that its conventional armed forces are under the once mighty Soviet Union has in fact become a relatively weak player on these terms, something it seems Putin is keen to reverse.
The Kremlin has also recently announced the production of new Strategic Bombers for the air force as well as increasing flights over and around NATO countries.
As a result NATO, and in particular, The US is stepping up its presence in Europe and especially Eastern Europe (former Soviet Countries) and has discussed returning Intermediate Nuclear Weapons to the UK and Europe. The US is already increasing heavy weaponry and machinery in Europe as well as developing new anti-ICBM missile systems.
At present Russia has around 4500 nuclear warheads with some 1800 deployed on ICBM Missiles according to the Federation of American Scientists. Russia has a mixture of fixed Silo ICBM’s and mobile TOPOL-M missile launcher system.