Russian Threats of Nuclear War Grow Louder
The most recent threats of nuclear war come from the Russian foreign minister. Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov is threatening a “very big war” with “suffering across the world” if the west encourages anti-government uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa.
Russian threats of nuclear attack started out in Georgia back in 2008. These threats expanded to the trans-Caspian gas pipeline. Then they moved onto the expansion of NATO. Then onto Iran and Syria. Now these threats have expanded onto the entire Middle East and North Africa. Does anybody see a problem here?
Back in August of 2008 we got a first taste of Russia’s nuclear threats:
Moscow has issued an extraordinary warning to the West that military assistance to Georgia for use against South Ossetia or Abkhazia would be viewed as a “declaration of war” by Russia.
Later Russia issues an implied nuclear threat if Georgia joins NATO. Obvously, attack on Georgia would then be an attack on NATO which would quickly go nuclear.
Russia’s foreign minister has warned of a repetition of its 2008 war with Georgia if the South Caucasus state joins NATO.
Here Russia threatens to use military force to stop Europe’s oil pipeline project with Turkmenistan. This would obviously go nuclear if Europe (NATO) fought back. Was Moscow bluffing?
.. Threats to prevent the construction of a trans-Caspian gas pipeline by military force are also a form of Kremlin art: bluff in their substance, even if brutal in their form.
Pursuant to President Dmitry Medvedev and the Russian Security Council’s October 14 decision (see EDM, October 21), Moscow is undertaking diplomatic and political countermeasures to the EU-planned gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to Europe.
Some may forgive Russia for casually throwing out nuclear threats because Georgia and Turmenistan are right on its border. But the threats keep expanding.
Gen. Nikolai Makarov, chief of the General Staff of the Russian armed forces implies that anymore eastward expansion of NATO could lead to nuclear war.
Russia is facing a heightened risk of being drawn into conflicts at its borders that have the potential of turning nuclear, the nation’s top military officer said Thursday.
Gen. Nikolai Makarov, chief of the General Staff of the Russian armed forces, cautioned over NATO’s expansion eastward and warned that the risks of Russia being pulled into local conflicts have “risen sharply.”
Makarov added, according to Russian news agencies, that “under certain conditions local and regional conflicts may develop into a full-scale war involving nuclear weapons.”
A steady decline in Russia’s conventional forces has prompted the Kremlin to rely increasingly on its nuclear deterrent.
Makarov warned that the planned pullout of NATO forces from Afghanistan could trigger conflicts in neighboring ex-Soviet Central Asian nations that could “grow into a large-scale war.”
In its military doctrine, Russia has also described U.S. missile defense plans as another major security challenge, saying it could threaten its nuclear forces and undermine their deterrence potential.
Here we have the Russian ambassador to NATO threatening nuclear war if the west attacks Iran.
Russia has given Iran its bear hug and warns Israel and the West that an attack on Tehran would be considered an attack on Moscow. The threat heightens the prospect of World War III in the event of a military strike on Iran.
“Iran is our neighbor,” Russia’s outgoing ambassador to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, told reporters in Brussels. “And if Iran is involved in any military action, it’s a direct threat to our security.”
Here a Russian leader seems to imply that if the US does not re-elect Obama, then things might not work out. Not a problem unless you consider the context. He said that while discussing how Russia would directly help Iran if attacked by the West – with obvious nuclear consequences. If America elects someone that won’t tow-the-Russian-line then prepare for World War III.
Last week, Americans learned that they are, or soon may be, at war with Vladimir Putin’s Russia. That is, of course, unless they do just exactly what the Kremlin asks, which is pretty simple, really, and consists largely of re-electing Barack H. Obama, the best friend the Kremlin ever had, as president of the United States.
The word came down from two of Russia’s highest-ranking politicians, Nikolai Patrushev (head of Russia’s National Security Council) and Dmitri Rogozin (formerly Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, recently elevated to deputy prime minister). Both chose to use Iran as the focal point of their remarks.
Patrushev accused the United States of attempting to topple Iran’s government and subjugate its population “by all available means” and implied that Russia would help Iran to shut down oil supplies to the United States through the Persian Gulf if the U.S. dared to try to block Iran’s nuclear weapons program, which, he assured, is nothing urgent that Americans need to worry about.
But Patrushev (who is one of Russia’s most strident haters of America and her values) said it all still might work out: “In the case of Vladimir Putin and then Barack Obama coming to power, the Russian-U.S. relationship, as well as the situation in the world as a whole, may see a strengthening trend.” It seems that the prospect of Americans returning Republicans to the White House makes Russians at least as nervous as the prospect of the West unseating Russia’s bosom buddies in Tehran.
The Russian foreign minister adds the icing to the cake by now expanding Russian threats of nuclear war across the Middle East and North Africa.
- Russian foreign minister says war would cause ‘suffering across the world’
- Iran says neighbours in ‘dangerous position’ if they ally to U.S.
- ‘Iran would go guerilla in war with U.S.,’ says Pentagon-linked report
Russia has warned of a ‘very big war’ causing suffering across the world if Western countries encourage anti-government uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa.
Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said Western meddling would lead to ‘a very big war that will cause suffering not only to countries in the region, but also to states far beyond its boundaries’, the New York Times reported.
A ‘seriously worried’ Lavrov spoke yesterday at his annual press conference, where he said a military attack on Iran would trigger a ‘chain reaction’ to destabilise the world.
Russia keeps threatening and threatening, and so far the west has towed the line. Leaders in the west don’t really believe Russia, but they don’t want to find out. How long can we live in a world where Russia is constantly threatening nuclear war?
Now the west is under Russia’s thumb and must do Russia’s bidding. But will Russia’s friends play nice? While the west is tied down, Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, Hamas and now Egypt are free to cause as much trouble as they wish. Will Russia stop Hamas from firing rockets into Israel? What if Israel responds aggressively?
This situation is intolerable and cannot last long. The west is going to find out soon if Russia is bluffing.
As if the problems with Russia aren’t bad enough, now China’s Hu is asking the Chinese navy to prepare for warfare.
Chinese President Hu Jintao Tuesday urged the navy to prepare for military combat amid growing regional tensions over maritime disputes and a US campaign to assert itself as a Pacific power.
The navy should “accelerate its transformation and modernisation in a sturdy way, and make extended preparations for military combat in order to make greater contributions to safeguard national security,” he said.
Addressing the powerful Central Military Commission, Hu said: “Our work must closely encircle the main theme of national defence and military building.”
His remarks, which were posted on a statement on a government website, come amid growing US and regional concerns over China’s naval ambitions, particularly in the South China Sea.
China claims all of the maritime area, as does Taiwan, while four Southeast Asian countries declare ownership of parts of it, with Vietnam and the Philippines accusing Chinese forces of increasing aggression there.
In a translation of Hu’s comments, the official Xinhua news agency quoted the president as saying China’s navy should “make extended preparations for warfare.”
But the Pentagon on Tuesday downplayed Hu’s speech, saying that Beijing had the right to develop its military, although it should do so transparently.