Kremlin says Russia has not abandoned moratorium on nuclear testing

Kremlin says Russia has not abandoned moratorium on nuclear testing

The Kremlin has stated that Russia has not abandoned its moratorium on nuclear testing. They also dismissed a suggestion by the editor of a state television channel that Russia should detonate a thermonuclear device in Siberia as a warning to the West. President Vladimir Putin, who leads the world’s largest nuclear power, has repeatedly warned the West that any attack on Russia could result in a nuclear response. The last nuclear tests conducted by the Soviet Union, the United States, France, and China took place in 1990, 1992, and 1996, respectively, according to the United Nations.

When asked about the remarks made by Margarita Simonyan, the editor-in-chief of state-funded broadcaster RT, the Kremlin clarified that they have not abandoned the moratorium on nuclear tests. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated that such discussions are not possible from an official standpoint and that Simonyan’s words do not always reflect Moscow’s official position. Simonyan believes that the Ukraine crisis is escalating towards a nuclear ultimatum and that the West will not stop until Russia sends a nuclear message. She jokingly mentioned that such an explosion would render electronic devices useless, making it easier for her to explain to her children why they are not allowed devices like iPads.

Russian state television has been increasingly using nuclear rhetoric, particularly in late 2022, but it has been more subdued in the first half of 2023. The nuclear era began with the United States’ test of an atomic bomb in 1945, followed by the Soviet Union’s first nuclear test in 1949. Between 1945 and the 1996 Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty, over 2,000 nuclear tests were conducted, with the United States and the Soviet Union accounting for the majority of them. Putin suspended Russia’s participation in the New START treaty in February and warned that if the United States resumed nuclear testing, Russia would do the same.

The New York Times reported that satellite imagery and aviation data suggest that Russia may be preparing to test an experimental nuclear-powered cruise missile or may have recently tested one. The Kremlin’s Peskov stated that he does not know where the NYT journalists obtained this information and that further analysis of satellite images is necessary. The New York Times stands by its reporting.

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