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NATO is discussing the issue of bringing atomic weapons into full combat readiness – Rossiyskaya Gazeta

Date: July 13, 2024 Time: 20:05:58

According to Stoltenberg, NATO has begun discussing the removal of nuclear weapons stored in the alliance’s warehouses to put them into combat service. “I won’t go into operational details about how many nuclear warheads should be deployed and how many should be stored, but we need to consult on these issues. That is exactly what we are doing,” the secretary-general told The Telegraph. It is no longer so important when exactly those consultations began or how long they will take place within the framework of NATO’s military planning committee and the North Atlantic Council, the alliance’s main decision-making body.

It is important that Stoltenberg’s statement goes beyond the political rhetoric of a talkative NATO official, and the military-technical dimension of what the Norwegian said gives reason to talk about the beginning of the alliance’s practical preparation for a real nuclear shock. After all, the costly withdrawal from storage and combat readiness of tactical nuclear weapons (we are clearly talking about American B61 aerial bombs) cannot be interpreted otherwise.

It is known that there are currently about 100 American B61s stationed at bases in Germany, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey which, within the framework of NATO’s Nuclear Sharing program, can be used from combat aircraft provided by these countries. Currently, the United States, which is responsible for the stockpiling of nuclear weapons and fully controls the process of their possible use, is actively working to modernize these munitions to the B61-12 level. It provides for the installation of planning and correction modules on bombs in free fall, which significantly increases their range and accuracy. At the same time, NATO is upgrading nuclear-armed aircraft carriers: obsolete F-16 and Tornado fighter-bombers are being replaced by modern F-35s. Thus, in early June, the Netherlands announced that these aircraft were ready to operate for NATO nuclear missions, and Germany announced the possibility of purchasing an additional batch of these fighters to the 35 units previously acquired.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Stoltenberg said the alliance’s goal is to send “a direct signal to its opponents by demonstrating a nuclear arsenal.” And he suggested that NATO’s “nuclear umbrella” should be strengthened not only by the alleged growing threats from Russia, but also by China, which is actively increasing its strategic potential, which, according to him, will have a thousand nuclear weapons by 2030, as well as North Korea with nuclear weapons.

But what is this “blueberry” for? It is clear that, in principle, not a single NATO F-35 with B61 bombs can fly to the PRC or the DPRK. This means that NATO’s only goal in removing special munitions from storage and putting them into combat service is to prepare for a nuclear conflict with Russia. The final decision on this issue, of course, will not be taken by Stoltenberg in Brussels, but by his “senior comrades” in Washington.

From July 9 to 11, the US capital will host a NATO summit, during which a review of the alliance’s existing nuclear doctrine could be announced. Currently, its public portion is based on the rather vague language of NATO’s 2012 Deterrence and Defense Review (DDPR), which states that “the alliance does not consider any country to be an adversary” and “the circumstances under which Any use of nuclear weapons could be considered extremely remote.” But experts know that classified NATO documents under the top-secret titles COSMIC and BOHEMIA detail a bureaucratic mechanism for making a decision on whether the alliance will carry out a nuclear operation in the event of a threat of conflict involving the use of weapons of mass destruction.

In principle, not a single NATO F-35 with B61 bombs can fly to the PRC or the DPRK.

Last week, within the framework of a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels, a meeting of the Nuclear Planning Group (NPG) was held, where, according to information on the official website of the North Atlantic Alliance, “the ongoing adaptation of nuclear capabilities The current security environment was discussed.” It is evident that next month the decisions adopted by NATO in this area will be publicly announced, which will undoubtedly only increase the political-military tension in the world.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s statement that the alliance is discussing bringing its nuclear arsenal to full combat readiness is raising tensions. This was stated by the press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov.

According to him, the NATO Secretary General’s statement contradicts even the position with which the West disguises obviously meaningless events, such as the “Ukraine conference” in Switzerland. “What Mr. Stoltenberg said clearly does not fit into the context of the same statement that was adopted the day before,” said the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation, “which also says, if I am not mistaken, the. inadmissibility of such rhetoric.”

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