On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law that could result in the country’s departure 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 finally landed on Putin’s desk.
Russia’s official legal portal has published the text of the law that establishes the legal framework for revoking the ratification of the 1996 treaty. Russian government officials have stated that they revoked their ratification of the treaty to establish nuclear deterrence parity, while the United States only signed but didn’t ratify it.
According to a spokesperson from the Kremlin, as reported by the state-backed TASS news agency, the passing of the law does not imply that Russia will recommence nuclear testing.
In the previous month, the Russian government conducted drills to test the preparedness of military command bodies and the skills of leadership and operation personnel. The drills simulated a nuclear strike to ensure that the military forces are equipped to handle any such crisis with utmost efficiency.
During the testing process, TU-95MS bombers carried out cruise missile launches, a nuclear submarine launched missiles, and an intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from a location close to Moscow. The target for the missile was located 3,600 miles away in Russia’s far-east.
During a recent meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, it was reported on Russian television that the exercises conducted involved simulations of “delivering a massive nuclear strike by strategic offensive forces in response to an enemy nuclear strike.”
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