With a delightful bit of saber-rattling, Russian television proclaimed that nuclear war with the United States was moments away.
A state-run TV station, Zvezda, told viewers last week that “Schizophrenics from America are sharpening nuclear weapons for Moscow” and that nuclear combat toe-to-toe was imminent.
They breathlessly reported that underground nuclear bunkers had been built to house 12 million people – enough to house the entire population of Moscow (I guess everyone else will be radioactive fertilizer) and that comrades should be prepared, MetroUK is reporting.
The United States recently cut off diplomatic relations with Russia over the Syria crisis. Vladimir Putin’s regime is accused of bombing civilians indiscriminately.
American commanders have said they’re preparing “military options” in Syria, but unless Russia’s propaganda machine has inside information, there’s been no discussions in the Pentagon about full-scale nuclear war with the former Soviet Union.
Russia’s nuclear stockpile is the largest in the world with 8,400 warheads compared to America’s 7,500.
The Russians have also launched a nationwide civil defense training exercise in preparation for an all-out war with the West. The Independent reports:
Lasting three days, the exercise being run by the Ministry for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters (EMERCOM) will involve 200,000 emergency personnel and the co-operation of 40 million civilians.
In their doomsday broadcast, they told viewers that the United States would “Face terrible, tectonic” consequences if they took action against the Syrian regime.
Dogpiling on the report, a Russian Army General told Pravda that Americans have “good reason” to be afraid of his country’s military presence in Syria.
Russian bombing over the past week has devastated the Syrian city of Aleppo, The Mirror is reporting.
The city has been under assault from forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad for a week, including Russia.
The Syrian military and its allies are attempting to capture rebel-held districts of eastern Aleppo which are still serving as home to more than 250,000 people.
Russia warned at the weekend that the US would face “terrible, tectonic” consequences if it took military action against the Syrian regime.
Meanwhile, diplomatic nonsense continues between the two countries. There are news reports that two U.S. officials were drugged while attending a conference in Russia in an escalating pattern of harassment by U.S. diplomats in Russia.