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Moscow: America trained to launch a nuclear strike on Russia this month

A telephone conversation between General Valery Yarasimov and General Mark Milley... Amid Western fears of Moscow's intention to invade Ukraine

MOSCOW – Russia’s defense minister said on Tuesday that US bombers had trained to launch a nuclear strike on Russia from two different directions earlier this month, and complained that the planes came within 20 km of the Russian border.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu added that Moscow had noticed a significant increase in the activity of US strategic bombers, which he said had carried out 30 sorties near Russia this month. He added that this number increases by two and a half times compared to the same period last year.

Shoigu was particularly upset by what he said was a simulation of a US nuclear strike against Russia earlier this month.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (archive)

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (archive)

A statement from the Russian Defense Ministry quoted Shoigu as saying: “The Defense Minister confirmed that, during the US military exercises (Global Thunder), ten American strategic bombers trained to launch nuclear weapons against Russia from the western and eastern directions.” The statement added, “The closest range to our country’s borders was 20 kilometers.”

This comes as the Russian and US chiefs of staff held a telephone conversation on Tuesday, the Russian Defense Ministry announced, amid fears in Western countries that Moscow may be planning to invade neighboring Ukraine.

General Mark Milley

General Mark Milley

And the Russian Defense Minister announced in a statement that General Valery Yarasimov discussed with his American counterpart Mark Milley “current issues related to international security”, without further details.

On Monday, the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service denied Western accusations that Moscow was planning to invade Ukraine.

“The Americans paint a frightening picture of the masses of Russian tanks that will begin to crush Ukrainian cities, saying that they have (credible information) about Russian intentions of this kind,” he said in a statement reported by Russian news agencies.

He also stressed that the United States is sending to its allies “completely false information about the concentration of forces on the territory of our country, with the aim of militarily invading Ukraine.”

 General Valery Yarasimov

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It is noteworthy that Western countries this month raised the alarm over reports of Russian military activity near Ukraine , while Washington expressed “real concern” about “extraordinary activity” in the region.

But the intelligence service pointed out that the United States “frightens” the international community through these accusations.

The Kremlin said earlier on Monday that the West was leading an “information campaign” in this regard aimed at “escalating tensio

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