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Tags: military | inf treaty | vladimir putin | russian media

Russian Media Teases 'Doomsday Weapon' After INF Withdrawal

a missile is launched over the ocean lighting up a dark night sky and reflecting off the water
(Ford Williams/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 05 February 2019 08:45 PM

The Russian media reacted with doomsday scenarios after Russian President Vladimir Putin followed President Donald Trump's lead and withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

Business Insider cited a BBC News report that examined the front pages of Russian newspapers Monday morning.

"If the Americans deploy their new missiles near Russia's borders, and in response we deploy ours, then of course, the risk of [nuclear] conflict rises sharply," an arms-control expert said in one of the Russian news stories.

"If U.S. missiles are deployed in Poland or the Baltic states, they'll be able to reach Russia in minutes. In such an event, the way Russia currently conceives using nuclear weapons, as a retaliatory strike, becomes impossible, since there won't be time to work out which missiles have been launched against Russia, what their trajectory and their targets are. This is why there is now a temptation for both us and for them to adopt the doctrine of a preemptive strike."

Another Russian newspaper referenced the Poseidon, an autonomous, underwater drone capable of detonating a nuclear weapon outfitted with a 100-megaton warhead. A detonation near land could cause catastrophic damage in the form of a massive tsunami, not to mention nuclear fallout.

"It cannot be excluded that one of the Poseidon with a 100 megaton nuclear warhead will lay low off the US coast, becoming 'the doomsday weapon.' Thus an attack on Russia, will become a suicidal misadventure," the report reads.

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After Russian President Vladimir Putin followed President Donald Trump's lead and withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the Russian media reacted with doomsday scenarios.
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Tuesday, 05 February 2019 08:45 PM
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