Putin Warns Russia Will Conduct Nuclear Tests in Response to US Action

MOSCOW – In a recent statement, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared that if the United States chooses to conduct nuclear tests, then Russia will follow suit.

The statement comes as tensions between the two superpowers continue to escalate. Earlier this month, the US State Department accused Russia of violating the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) by conducting low-yield nuclear tests. Russia has denied the allegations.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, President Putin stated that Russia has not conducted any nuclear tests and has no plans to do so. However, he warned that if the US goes ahead with its own tests, then Russia will be forced to respond in kind.

“Of course, we will have to ensure our security,” Putin said. “And in this regard, if the United States takes such a step, we will do the same.”

The Russian leader also criticized the US decision to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which had been in place since 1987. Putin said that the move had undermined global security and increased the risk of a nuclear conflict.

“Unfortunately, our American partners are not ready for a constructive dialogue on this issue,” Putin said. “Instead, they continue to pursue a policy of confrontation, which is extremely dangerous for the whole world.”

The US has not yet responded to Putin’s statement. However, some experts have warned that the Russian leader’s threat could further escalate tensions between the two nations, which have already been strained in recent years due to conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, among other issues.

The CTBT, which bans all nuclear explosions, was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1996. While it has not been ratified by all countries, it has been signed by more than 180 nations, including both the US and Russia.


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