Putin strikes back at Biden, accusing him of ‘practicing a nuclear strike’ against Russia.
VLADIMIR PUTIN has slammed US President Joe Biden for “practicing” nuclear attacks on Russia.
Putin’s defense minister, Sergei Shoigu, said on Tuesday that US bombers had practiced the strikes earlier this month, saying that the planes had reached within 12.4 miles (20 kilometers) of the Russian border. Putin lashed out at the US last week, claiming that Western Strategic bombers were flying too close to Russia with “extremely serious armaments.”
He claimed that the West was not paying enough attention to Moscow’s warnings not to break its “red lines.”
The Pentagon, on the other hand, claimed that the drills followed international protocol and were made public at the time.
Mr Shoigu, on the other hand, claimed that Moscow had noticed a considerable rise in military activity by US strategic bombers, stating that they had flown close to Russia 30 times this month.
This figure is 2.5 times more than the same period last year, according to the defense minister.
“The defence minister stressed that during the US military exercises ‘Global Thunder,’ ten American strategic bombers practiced launching nuclear weapons against Russia from the western and eastern directions,” Mr Shoigu said of the “rehearsed” strike.
“At least 20 kilometers from our state border was required.”
He went on to say that Russian air defense troops had identified and tracked US strategic bombers, and that they had taken various precautions to avoid any mishaps.
Global Thunder is a nuclear and command exercise held annually by the US Strategic Command to test and demonstrate the preparedness of US nuclear capabilities.
“These missions were announced publicly at the time, and closely planned with (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,” Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Anton Semelroth said.
Mr Shoigu said that the US military maneuvers were a danger to China in a video conference with Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe, saying: “Against this backdrop, Russian-Chinese coordination is becoming a stabilizing influence in international events.”
According to the Russian defense ministry, Russia and China agreed to increase cooperation between their armed forces at the summit.
Following the event, Valery Gerasimov, the Chief of General Staff of Russia, and Mark Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States, spoke by phone on Tuesday.
The contents of the conversation were not revealed by either party.
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