Published Oct 26, 2023 at 11:30 AM IST

Russian forces simulate nuclear strike

The Russian Defense Ministry released footage of a simulated nuclear strike exercise overseen by President Vladimir Putin. This came after the upper house of parliament voted to withdraw Russia's ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, following the lower house's approval. The released video showed high-powered missiles launching and military aircraft taking off, though its authenticity couldn't be independently verified.

The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, adopted in 1996, prohibits all nuclear explosions worldwide but wasn't fully implemented. Russia's move mirrors the stance of the U.S., which signed but didn't ratify the treaty. Other nations, including China, India, Pakistan, North Korea, Israel, Iran, and Egypt, have also not ratified it.

There are concerns that Russia might resume nuclear testing to deter Western military support for Ukraine, supported by Russian hawks. Putin hasn't taken a firm stance on this issue, and Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister stated they'd respect the ban, resuming tests only if the U.S. does so first.

Published October 26th, 2023 at 11:30 IST

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