Wagswoofs – On Thursday, November 2nd, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law that may result in Russia pulling out from the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.
In October, both the lower and upper houses of Russia’s legislature gave their unanimous approval to the measure before it made its way to Putin’s desk.
Russia’s official legal portal has published the text of the law, which establishes the legal framework for revoking the ratification of the 1996 treaty.
Russian government officials have stated that their revocation of the ratification of the treaty is aimed at creating parity in nuclear deterrence. It is worth noting that while the United States signed the treaty, it did not ratify it.
According to TASS, a state-backed news agency, a Kremlin representative has clarified that the new law does not imply that Russia will recommence nuclear testing.
In the previous month, the Russian government carried out exercises to test the readiness of their military command and operational personnel, which involved simulating a nuclear strike. The objective of these drills was to evaluate the preparedness level of the leadership and operation personnel and assess the competency of the military command bodies.
During the recent tests, TU-95MS bombers conducted cruise missile launches, while a nuclear submarine carried out missile launches. Additionally, an intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from a location near Moscow towards a target located 3,600 miles away in Russia’s far-east.
During a meeting with the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported that the exercises conducted involved simulating a massive nuclear strike by strategic offensive forces as a response to an enemy nuclear strike. This was featured in Russian television.
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