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Does Putin’s Alarm Change the Risk of Nuclear War?

Less than a year ago, Presidents Putin and Biden made a statement at the Geneva summit that seemed to be in line with the idea that the threat of nuclear war was a remnant of the Cold War.

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s continuing threat that the war in Ukraine will turn into a wider nuclear conflict puts US President Joe Biden ahead of elections that are rarely considered in the atomic age, including whether to raise the level of readiness of US nuclear forces. Associated Press (AP).

This development is made even more significant by the fact that less than a year ago, Putin and Biden made a statement at the Geneva summit, which seemed to be in line with the idea that the threat of nuclear war was a remnant of the Cold War.

“Nuclear war can not be won and must never be fought,” they agreed.

On Sunday, Putin told his top defense and military officials to put the nuclear force in a “special military regime” , but it was not immediately clear how that could change the status of Russia’s nuclear forces and whether it would change at all.

The United States has kept its intercontinental ballistic missiles, or ICBMs, on high alert, and Russian submarines are believed to be positioned similarly to US nuclear weapons.

Putin said he was responding to economic sanctions imposed by the United States and other Western countries in recent days over his invasion of Ukraine, as well as “aggressive statements by leading NATO members about our country,” which he did not elaborate on.

The Biden administration has praised Putin’s move, which he said was an unnecessary escalation of an already dangerous conflict. In fact, Putin’s words are a threat rarely heard even during the Cold War, when much larger US nuclear arsenals and the former Soviet Union threatened the world with a nuclear Armageddon.

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