Re-Nuclearization of Europe: The Unthinkable May Turn Into Reality

Saturday, June 20, 2015
By Paul Martin

The Cold War 2.0 between Russia and the West is pushing the world towards a global conflict, and is threatening the hard-won agreement in the strategic nuclear arms race, Fred Weir warns.

For more than a year Russia and the West have been deadlocked over the ongoing Ukrainian crisis. And as the temperature of the rhetoric rises, concerns are beginning to emerge that the present standoff may ultimately recreate a new version of the 40-year-long Cold War, threatening “hard-won agreements” in the nuclear arms field, Canadian journalist and Christian Science Monitor correspondent Fred Weir warns.

Quoting Viktor Kremeniuk, deputy director of the official Institute of USA-Canada Studies in Moscow, the journalist emphasized that although the ongoing political conflict between Russia and the West “so far has been mostly just for show,” it “is starting to take on a life of its own,” and there is a possibility that it may become “unmanageable.”

Indeed, Moscow and NATO have already broken off ties, and while NATO has launched a series of provocative war games in close proximity to Russia’s borders, the Kremlin, in response, has kicked off its military exercises.

Fred Weir underscored that this week “the temperature of the rhetoric jumped,” bringing the sides closer to permanent military deployment on their borders.

[T]he hard-won agreements that once reined in the strategic nuclear arms race between the US and the USSR are coming under strain,” the journalist warned.

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