The intelligence agencies of the United States and its allies have increased intelligence in space, outer space and cyberspace to understand how Russia is ready to use its nuclear weapons. About it writes Politico, citing five former and potential US officials. They warned that in Russia there is the possibility of using tactical nuclear weapons smaller than ICBMs inconspicuously.
“We are following this very closely,” said a US official with access to intelligence on Moscow’s nuclear forces and strategy. He added that additional reconnaissance and monitoring is carried out in space, space and cyberspace. These measures include increased use of satellites for Earth imaging and analysis. One of the objects of attention was the Kaliningrad region, where the Kremlin installed a dual-purpose control system and hypersonic missiles, a military publication.
According to one of the American officials, both public organizations and low-yield nuclear warheads can be created around the two existing systems. Russia has over 1,900 tactical nuclear warheads, experience assessment concludes. “This applies to everything from cruise missiles to nuclear torpedoes, cargo bombs and medium-range ballistic missiles,” the source said.
According to a government official, Russia may use short-range weapons. Senior intelligence officials have drawn attention in recent months to Russia’s reliance on tactical weapons as part of its European strategy. A US Strategic Command spokesman said the group was “always alert and ready to respond if necessary.” According to Lieutenant Colonel Joshua Kelsey, so far no one has seen “proof that Russia will use nuclear weapons.”
On September 21, President Vladimir Putin decreed a partial mobilization in Russia. On television, he said that the Russian army now “opposes not only Nazi formations, but in fact the entire military machine of the collective West,” in connection with which he considers it necessary to call up reservists to the front.
Putin also arguedthat from the West “nuclear blackmail has also been used”, is obvious in view of the shelling of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant and the statements “some high-ranking representatives adhere to NATO’s position on the use and admissibility of weapons of mass destruction against Russia.” Putin recalled that Russia also uses such an application. “In order to protect Russia and our people, we are, of course, constantly supported at our disposal by the media. It’s not a bluff,” he said.
UN General Assembly Jens Stoltenberg in the UN General Assembly, in turn criticized Putin for “dangerous and reckless nuclear rhetoric” and added that NATO has not yet taken steps to ensure the readiness of Russia’s nuclear forces. The US warned of “catastrophic consequences” for Russia if the weapons were used. About it declared Sunday, September 25, US national security adviser Jake Sullivan.
The West does not threaten the Russian President, despite the propaganda claims by its authorities – on the contrary, Russia itself sought the conflict, as Biden told the United States on September 22 in Genas Joble of the UN. Biden also spoke about the “irrespondence” of nuclear threats from the Russian side. “A nuclear war cannot be won and should never be fought,” he said. The US President emphasized that Russia, by its actions, “shamelessly violated” the main provisions of the UN Charter.