Putin’s nuclear risk: What does ‘particular’ fight readiness’ imply?


Russian President Vladimir Putin’s implied risk to show the Ukraine warfare right into a broader nuclear battle presents President Joe Biden with decisions hardly ever contemplated within the atomic age, together with whether or not to boost the alert stage of U.S. nuclear forces.

This flip of occasions is all of the extra exceptional for the truth that lower than a yr in the past, Putin and Biden issued a press release at their Geneva summit that appeared extra consistent with the thought that the specter of nuclear warfare was a Chilly Warfare relic. “Nuclear warfare can’t be received and must not ever be fought,” they agreed.

Putin on Sunday advised his high protection and navy officers to place nuclear forces in a “particular regime of fight responsibility,” but it surely was not instantly clear how which may have modified the standing of Russian nuclear forces, if in any respect. Russia, like the US, retains its land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, or ICBMs, on a excessive state of readiness always, and it’s believed that Russian submarine-based nuclear missiles, like America’s, are equally postured.