U.S. intelligence is working to assess the ability of the Russian Federation “to survive a nuclear attack”


RIA Novosti

The U.S. intelligence community and Strategic command (Stratcom) of the Armed forces (AF) United States as part of the Pentagon working on a new assessment of the ability of the authorities of Russia and China to “survive nuclear attack” and to continue to operate, reports Bloomberg.

According to the Agency, the new assessment, the preparation of which demanded the Congress before joining Donald trump in the position found support from members of both the Republican and the Democratic party of the United States, have expressed concern in connection with growing confidence of China in its military might and distrust of the Russian authorities.

According to the Agency, the office of the Director of national intelligence and Stratcom USA will evaluate the opportunities of the two countries after the impact. Assessment, according to the Agency, will include “the location and description of underground utilities, representing the political and military importance”.

In his first interview after being elected President of the United States Donald trump said that the easing of sanctions against Russia could be connected with concluding a bilateral Treaty on reducing nuclear weapons. Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said that to link the issue of sanctions against Russia by the US and nuclear reductions is unlikely to be possible with the expert point of view.

The start-2 Treaty between the United States and Russia signed in Moscow on 3 January 1993. The parties committed themselves by 2003 to reduce their arsenals of strategic weapons on 2/3 from January 1993. By 2003, the number of nuclear warheads each side should not exceed 3-3,5 thousand units.

The Russian side ratified the Treaty in the package with the Protocol on 14 April 2000, with condition of preservation of the ABM Treaty (anti-ballistic missile defense). The US ratified the Treaty in January 1996, but the agreement in the packet with the Protocol of 26 September 1997 on the ratification was not submitted and thus not considered ratified.

After the US withdrawal from the ABM Treaty on 13 June 2002, the Russian side announced the termination of obligations under contract SNV-2. In June 2002, it published a statement by the foreign Ministry, which stated that in connection with the actions of the United States “the Russian Federation notes the absence of any prerequisites for the entry into force of Contract SNV-2 and do not consider themselves more bound by international law obligation to refrain from actions which could deprive this Treaty of its object and purpose”.