Russia’s defense minister said that in November, US bombers attempted to launch a nuclear attack on Russia from two different directions. These planes were to be located 20 kilometers from the Russian border. The Pentagon – referring to the allegations of the Russian side – said that the exercises conducted at the border with Russia were publicly announced and were conducted in accordance with international protocols.
Moscow accused the US, NATO and Ukraine of “provocative and irresponsible behavior” – pointing to US-led arms deliveries to Ukraine, Kyiv’s use of Turkish drones against Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, and conducting NATO exercises near the borders.
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Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, quoted by TASS, said in a Tuesday videoconference with China’s Defense Minister Wei Fengh that Moscow “saw a significant increase in US strategic bombers” which he said “made 30 flights near Russia’s borders in November.” . The head of Russia’s defense ministry said it was more than twice as many such operations as in the same period last year.
Shoygu on “a simulated US nuclear attack on Russia”. The Pentagon replies
The main complaints were that the US was carrying out “a simulated US nuclear attack on Russia” this month. “Shoygu stressed that this month, during the US military exercise Global Thunder, 10 US strategic bombers practiced the variant of using nuclear weapons against Russia practically simultaneously from the western and eastern directions,” the TASS agency reported.
The Russian side stressed that the American bombers had been sighted approximately 20 kilometers from the border with Russia.
The Pentagon refutes Russia’s allegations. “ These missions have been announced publicly and closely planned with the Strategic Command, European Command, Allies and Partners to ensure maximum training and integration opportunities as well as compliance with all national and international requirements and protocols, ” said Pentagon spokesman Colonel Anton Semelroth.
“Moscow’s accusations come at a time of high tension in relations with Washington over Ukraine, as US officials express concerns about a possible Russian attack on its southern neighbor,” Reuters reported.
Global Thunder is the annual US Strategic Command nuclear exercise to test and demonstrate the readiness of US nuclear capabilities. This year, during the exercises, the capabilities of B-52 bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons were tested.
A conversation between Gerasimov and Milley
Leading Russian and American commanders – Valery Gerasimov and Mark Milley – spoke on the phone on Tuesday, but neither side released the content of the conversation, Reuters reported.
The TASS agency said that “current international security issues” were raised during the interview.
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