With Our Nukes We Can Win a War Against NATO, Russian General Says

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As the West muses over imposing more sanctions on Russia, the Russians think war might be the answer to their problems.

Russia says nuclear arms to keep military edge over NATO, United States - Yahoo News

Russia's top general said on Friday a strong nuclear arsenal will ensure military superiority over the West as Moscow forges ahead with a multi-billion dollar plan to modernize its forces by 2020.

Russia, facing a likely recession because of a fall in oil prices and sanctions over Ukraine, must deal with new forms of Western aggression, including economic confrontation, said Chief of the Armed Forces General Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov.

But despite the deep economic woes, he said the Russian military would receive more than 50 new intercontinental nuclear missiles this year.

"Support for our strategic nuclear forces to ensure their high military capability combined with ... growth of the military potential of the general forces will assure that (the United States and NATO) do not gain military superiority over our country," said Gerasimov.

Tensions between Russia and the West have risen over the conflict in eastern Ukraine, where the United States and Europe say Moscow is fuelling an insurgency by sending in troops and weapons. Moscow denies this.

Russia has criticized NATO expansion in eastern Europe and President Vladimir Putin has accused the Ukrainian army, which is fighting pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, of being puppets of NATO with a policy of "containing" Russia.

Russian war planes have increasingly been spotted over Europe in recent months. Britain summoned the Russian ambassador on Thursday to complain about two Russian long-range bombers that flew over the English Channel, forcing British authorities to reroute civil aircraft.

Russia promises to push through by 2020 a more than 20-trillion-rouble ($286.62 billion) military modernization plan conceived by Putin, and military expenditures will remain unchanged even in the face of a growing economic crisis that has cut the budgets of other ministries.

The modernization project aims to revamp Russia's weapons systems to assure that 70-100 percent of the armed forces weapons and equipment has been modernized by the end of the decade -- a plan confirmed by Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu.

"We plan to fulfill the government armament program and reach by 2020 the intended quantities of modern weapons systems," he said at the meeting.

Russia keeps its state nuclear capabilities shrouded in secrecy, but its military has approximately 8,500 warheads in total, including those non-deployed -- some 1,000 more than the United States possesses -- according to a study last year by the Center for Arms-Control and Non-Proliferation.

Speaking against a backdrop of rising prices brought on in part by a weaker rouble, Gerasimov said Russia had to deal with new kinds of Western aggression.

"Western countries are actively using new forms of aggression, combining military as well as non-military means. Political, economic and information methods are also being used," Interfax news agency cited him as saying.
 
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Oh common Russia. This is supposed to be the era of globalisation and peace and here you are bragging about how your latest toys can kill and trigger a war. We really need to stop this arms race and focus on better issues, like the economic crisis in Europe for instance. Heck Russia's economy itself is suffering and they still won't let go.
 
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As I see it nothing would be lost to Russia if they involve themselves to a war. This is I guess the reason that they are confident in waging a war against other nations. Another reason is because they are independent on their own. Unlike some other countries which are dependent to to other countries especially to America. So don't get fooled that America is waging or initiating a war, because whether it emerge victorious, still a lot would be lost from them. In countries like Russia, if they lost, nothing so great is at stake, but if they won, then they'd definitely gain again control to the world and dominate.
 
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This is yet another sign that we are in Cold War II. Be that as it may, the state is sort of specious that they'll have a military advantage from a modernized nuclear arsenal. What are they going to do, launch an atomic attack in Europe? NATO will respond in kind and no one wins a nuclear exchange.
 
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I'm sick of this whole Russia and Ukraine fuss.
Putin is attention seeking and does everything to provoke a war.
Hasn't World War 2 been enough for him ?
 
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Russia is just a coward who is trying to provoke a war that they could and win never win. If the world goes to war again this time the Russian 'empire' will be reduced to nothing like what happened to Germany. Russia cannot war NATO and Putin needs to improve his country's economy rather than parade his army and bombers for others to see. No one is afraid of Russia in this day and age and I am certain that Russia is not the only country with nuclear weapons.
 
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Damn !
Those guys are crazy .

If Russians used Nuks against a nuclear power such as USA or EU NO BODY will win !

They'll destroy their countries and destroy us with them .(:-)

Even stones can't survive.
 
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If anyone actually bothered to explore why he said that they would have found that it was just a reaction to US threatening Russia with deploying nuclear missiles in Europe.
“We don’t have ground-launched cruise missiles in Europe now obviously because they’re prohibited by the treaty,” said Brian McKeon, principal deputy undersecretary for policy at the Department of Defense.
“But that would obviously be one option to explore,” he added.

In October, the US military commissioned its new missile base in southern Romania amid strong opposition by Russia.
The military base will be the first to feature the Aegis Ashore ballistic missile system and it will be operational by the end of 2015.
PressTV-US threatens Russia with nuke missiles
 
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Although in another thread I concurred that Britain won't be able to stand a chance against Russia's armed forces, if the former has NATO's support, the odds may shift in favor of Britain. The British army may no longer be as brawny as it once was but it's still as sharp as ever when it comes to intelligence. Who do you think invented the radar? Who do you think started the use of electronic computers for deciphering enemy codes? These technologies that the British developed gave the Allied Powers a great deal of advantage during WWII. For this potential WWIII, NATO will be more than enough for the arrogant Putin and his minions. He's staking everything in this likely war because he doesn't want to lose face. Putin's going to bluff his way through to the end.
 
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Russia is getting very annoying now with its constant talk and no action. Russia is just seeking attention because there is no way Russia could defeat NATO in a war. It seems like they have forgotten the history of the world wars and what happened to the aggressors. Germany back then was much more powerful compared to the rest of the world than how Russia is now today.
 
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