Recreation: Am I The Only Dreamer?
Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared that his country will soon commission new weapons that will have no comparisons anywhere in the world. He made the revelation after holding a meeting with his top military officers and law enforcement officials in Moscow. The president said: “Russia doesn’t threaten anyone and has strictly adhered to its obligations in the sphere of international security and arms control.”
President Putin told the press that his administration decided to modernise the Russian arsenals in an attempt to ensure protection from any potential threats. Interestingly, he clarified Kremlin’s position on global security a couple of hours after the NATO started holding its biggest military manoeuvres (since the Cold War) in Norway last week. Reports suggest that nearly 55,000 military personnel took part in the manoeuvres.
Defence experts have opined that US President Donald Trump’s proposed plan to opt out of a 1987 nuclear arms control pact with Russia (because of alleged Russian violations that have been denied by Moscow) prompted Putin to boost his arsenals. President Trump categorically said that the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty did not allow Washington to keep its nuclear missiles inside Europe in the last three decades. Speaking at a media conference in Nevada, the US president stressed: “We’ll have to develop those weapons. We’re going to terminate the agreement and we’re going to pull out.” It is to be noted that then US President Ronald Reagan and his Soviet counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev had signed the INF Treaty 31 years ago, thus, imposing a ban on the ground-launch nuclear missiles with ranges from 500km to 5,500km. On the basis of the INF, the two global powers eliminated around 2,700 short- and medium-range missiles.
According to sources close to the White House, President Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton – a longstanding opponent of arms control treaties – encouraged the president to push for US withdrawal. The president, who accepted Bolton’s proposal, accused Russia of violating the agreement by developing and deploying a new cruise missile. As expected, the accusation angered President Putin, who warned that Russia would respond in style, if the US placed new nuclear missiles in Europe. The Russian strongman further warned that the European countries, which host US missiles, would be at risk.
Meanwhile, the foreign policy experts have expressed serious concern over the deterioration of the US-Russia ties. They have urged the global community to intervene and to play an important role in restoring peace, as the world can’t afford another Cold War at this juncture. A Cold War-like situation will certainly have impacts on other important and sensitive global issues, such as the war against terror in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, countering China’s growing influence in the Asia-Pacific region and tension between Saudi Arabia, Iran and Israel in West Asia!
In a separate development, Angela Merkel announced on October 29 that her fourth term as Germany’s chancellor would be her last. Merkel – who has been dominating the European politics for more than a decade – said that she would also not seek re-election as chairperson of her Christian Democrat Union (CDU) party in December. It seems that the recent rise of Alternative for Germany (AfD) in domestic politics has prompted Merkel to think about her political future. According to some experts, the chancellor’s decision to not seek re-election in 2021 may change the political future of the European powerhouse, as well as the European Union (EU). Merkel’s departure might encourage Germany to follow Britain’s path and to leave the EU. In such a scenario, France will have to bear the burden of Europe single-handedly and ultimately, the 28-member bloc will fall apart. Such a development will certainly create enough space for Russia and the US to re-create a bi-polar world.
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