A new order from Russian leader Vladimir Putin has stirred fears across the globe that Russia is preparing for a massive conflict.
Russia has ordered all government officials to fly home any relatives living abroad, including college students regardless of any impact this has on their studies.
“This is all part of the package of measures to prepare elites to some ‘big war,’” said Russian political analyst Stanislav Belkovsky.
“It’s a fallacy to think that this is like the Cold War. The current times are different and more dangerous,” German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said of the rising tensions between Russia and the West.
According to the Russian-language site Znak.com, administration staff, regional administrators, lawmakers of all levels and employees of public corporations are covered by the order. They are warned that their chances for promotion depend upon their compliance.
The action comes in the context of many troubling developments.
Putin recently cancelled a planned Oct. 19 visit to France, which has denounced Russia’s role in the Syrian civil war.
Further, the U.S. recently broke off talks with Russia regarding finding a diplomatic solution to the Syrian crisis.
Cancelling a visit so close to its date is a “serious step… reminiscent of the Cold War,” said Russian foreign policy analyst Fyodor Lukyanov.
“This is part of the broader escalation in the tensions between Russia and the West, and Russia and NATO,” he said.
Recent Russian saber-rattling has included Russia’s action on Saturday to put nuclear-capable missiles in Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave on the Baltic Sea between Poland and Lithuania.
“We believe that the Russian response, the moving of missiles, is an inappropriate response to NATO’s activity,” Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said.
Russia recently said that it held civil defense drills that included 40 million citizens. Russian officials have also said bunkers capable of holding all of Moscow’s 12 million residents have been constructed to protect citizens in the event of a nuclear attack.
Former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev has warned about the rising tensions.
“I think the world has reached a dangerous point,” Gorbachev said this week.
“I don’t want to give any concrete prescriptions but I do want to say that this needs to stop. We need to renew dialogue. Stopping it was the biggest mistake.”
“It is necessary to return to the main priorities. These are nuclear disarmament, the fight against terrorism, the prevention of an environmental disaster,” Gorbachev said.
“Compared to these challenges, all the rest slips into the background,” he added.
Russia have the largest nuclear arsenal in the world!
Moscow recently pulled out of an agreement with Washington to cooperate over the disposal of weapons-grade plutonium – one of the main components in nuclear weapons.
Both sides were supposed to destroy 34 tonnes each of the substance under a deal signed in 2000.
The US state department said the combined amount was enough for approximately 17,000 nuclear weapons – 1,500 more than are currently thought to exist in the entire world.
But the deal broke down after Putin accused his American rivals of building new weapons with plutonium they said they were destroying.
However, it is thought this could be an excuse to pull out of the agreement in order to do just that and enlarge Russia’s nuclear stockpile.
Nobody wants a nuclear war but if a nuclear-armed country feels like it is under threat, it could take the drastic step of pulling the ultimate trigger.
Putin’s government has been growing increasingly paranoid that the West is plotting against Russia and planning to start a war.
With officials calling huge evacuation drills and speaking about underground shelters which could protect all the citizens of Moscow, the whole country is seemingly on a war footing.
And tight control of the media – with government papers speaking openly about armed conflict with the US – means much of the Russian public believes the stories of about the West wanting a war.
Source: www.thesun.co.uk / www.westernjournalism.com