Did anybody not see this coming?
Courtesy of ABC News:
President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russia’s military to begin developing new medium-range missiles in response to President Donald Trump’s announcement that the United States is leaving a key Cold War nuclear arms treaty.
Putin announced that Russia was also suspending the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces, or INF treaty, a day after the U.S. said it was pulling out of the 1987 agreement over alleged Russian violations.
At a televised meeting with his foreign and defense ministers, Putin ordered his military to begin developing new ground-launched hypersonic missiles with an intermediate range, and to also begin converting previously sea-based cruise missiles for ground launch — the deployment of which was banned under the treaty.
But Putin said Russia would not deploy the missiles unless the U.S. deployed its own.
“Our response will be symmetrical,” Putin told his officials. “Our American partners have stated about suspending their participation in the Treaty, and we are suspending our’s. They have stated that they are doing research and research and development, and we will do the same.”
Coincidentally America is also working on a new missile system.
Courtesy of NPR:
Meanwhile, over 5,000 miles away in the Texas Panhandle, production has begun on a new kind of American nuclear weapon. Known as the W76-2, it is a much smaller variant of an existing nuclear weapon. The Trump administration says this new warhead will help counter Russia’s capabilities.
Lewis and other experts say these new weapons have the potential to be used in the sort of nuclear war America hasn’t prepared for in years. Rather than a global conflagration, this would be a tactical nuclear conflict, where weapons would be deployed on the battlefield.
“I think there may be a renewed enthusiasm in both the United States and Russia for new nuclear weapons in combat roles,” Lewis says.
Boy, it’s almost as if Trump and Putin coordinated this whole thing together so that they could beef up their military spending.
But that’s just crazy, right?