The Second Nuclear Arms Race Arrives: Russia Will Add 40 ICBMs In 2015 In Response To "NATO Encroachment"

Tyler Durden's picture

With the US and Russia in a state of (renewed) cold war for over a year now, it was inevitable that that "other", far more important attribute of the first Cold War would soon return: the nuclear arms race.

And indeed it did just around dinner time in Russia today when speaking at an arms race fair, president Putin said that Russia will put more than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles into service in 2015 as part of a wide-reaching program to modernize the military.

The move is in response to what Russia has slammed as an aggressive expansion of military presence in NATO states in Eastern Europe, which as we reported yesterday would provoke Russia to respond by stationing its army on its western borders. To wit: "stationing heavy U.S. military equipment in the Baltic states and eastern Europe would amount to "the most aggressive step by the Pentagon and NATO" since the Cold War, Interfax news agency quoted a Russian Defense Ministry official as saying on Monday. "Russia would be left with no other option but to boost its troops and forces on the western flank," General Yuri Yakubov was quoted as saying.

And since nuclear escalation usually takes place in a tit-for-tat mutual defection regime, earlier it was reported that the “the U.S. is preparing a set of various measures, and among them the placement of heavy weaponry in Poland and other countries will be very important,” according to Polish defense minister Romaz Siemoniak.

And sure enough Russia, which it says is merely responding to NATO escalation, was promptly accused of escalating even more by the same NATO that keeps parking its own forces ever since the US-orchestrated Ukraine presidential coup was meant to convert Kiev into a potential NATO country and military base.

Nato and Western leaders accuse Russia of sending soldiers and heavy weapons, including tanks and missiles, to the pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. Russia has repeatedly denied this, insisting that any Russians fighting there are "volunteers".


Later on Tuesday, Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that the statement from Mr Putin was "confirming the pattern and behaviour of Russia over a period of time; we have seen Russia is investing more in defense in general and in its nuclear capability in particular". He said: "This nuclear sabre-rattling of Russia is unjustified, it's destabilising and it's dangerous."

And just to stabilize things, NATO may well deploy some of its own tactical nukes in the region as a deterrence measure now that the second nuclear arms race is fully up and running. To be sure Stoltenberg essentially admitted that the next retaliation by NATO countries will also be a nuclear one: that "what Nato now does in the eastern part of the alliance is something that is proportionate, that is defensive and that is fully in line with our international commitments."

Here, from the BBC, is an estimate of Russia's existing nuclear arsenal:

  • Military stockpile of approximately 4,500 nuclear warheads
  • These include nearly 1,800 strategic warheads deployed on missiles and at bomber bases
  • Another 700 strategic warheads are in storage along with roughly 2,700 non-strategic warheads
  • A large number - perhaps 3,500 - of retired, but still largely intact warheads await dismantlement

In conclusion, and as a reminder, none of this is new: we reported back in December 2013 that as one of the first nuclear moves in the current Cold War 2.0 arms race, Russia stationed nuclear-capable Iskander (ss-26) missile launchers along the polish border to deter the US missile defense system in Poland.

As such, all that the current second nuclear arms race needs is a spark.

Incidentally, recall from our post last night on how back in 1937 a comparable Fed rate hike such to the one the Fed is currently contemplating, led to a 50% crash in the stock market. More importantly, less than two years later, World War II broke out.

One hopes this time be different.

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Looney's picture

Can’t we just print 40-50 ICBMs? ;-)


two hoots's picture

By their very massive existance DOD will always do something that keeps itself relevant at the expense of who cares.

TwoHoot's picture

two hoots a newbie shill. Don't be confused.

Anusocracy's picture

Same shit as the cold war.

The US was the aggressor then and it's the aggressor now.

karp4cy's picture

I know this kind of talk plays well here for some, but ask the Czechs, Poles and Romanians who the aggressors were in the Cold War.

Sandmann's picture

It was called "Cold" War for a reason and I wonder what Vietnamese would have to say ?

Lore's picture


I've asked Poles this question before, and they just give a blank smile and shrug. 

Latina Lover's picture

They remember nothing since most of their leadership was mysteriously killed 2010 in a plane crash while visiting Russia. The strange thing is how the USSA benefited, pure co incidence of course.

The Blank Stare's picture

So the Russians can review the flight recorder information in a day, but nothing yet from the Dutch about MH17?

"On the day after the crash, investigators said they had reviewed the flight recorders, and confirmed that there were no technical problems with the Soviet-built aeroplane, ruling out initial theories that the 20-year-old aircraft was at fault." (Wiki)

June 3, 2015

"The Russian maker of the Buk air defence missile system says it has concluded that Malaysian Airlines flight 17 was downed by an older version of the missile. It says the type is not in service with the Russian military but is in Ukrainian arsenals."


I wish I could figure out thier End Game? World Domination or World Depopulation, or both. 

Manthong's picture

It is so comforting to know that the Peace Prize President and his merry men (that includes Hillary and Vicky) drove the Russians into putting on a few more megatons of brighter than a thousand suns.

Berspankme's picture

Please don't inject reality. The trolls can't handle it

El Vaquero's picture

Probably the same things as the Afghanis.  Empires will act imperial 'n shit. 

BorisTheBlade's picture

Hungarians and what not. Having said that, at this point in time, US is much more encroached in Russia's soft underbelly than Russia in America's. Last time USSR got overextended, around this time it's American turn. The outcome will be quite similar if not worse (i.e. definitely worse).

SmittyinLA's picture

they'd say "we picked the wrong side" if they weren't totally dominated by the Chinese 

Bobbo's picture

As "cold" a war as it was, there was plenty of shooting going on.  We know, for example of several submarines that were sunk, military aircraft destroyed, and commercial airliners also destroyed in the fray.  I have met people involved in incidents of this sort.  Shooting depended upon opportunistic circumstances and the desire to test-and-demo the latest technology.

Attack submarines followed missile submarines at outrageously close distances (tens of feet at times) and at least one US sub returned to port with a Russian propeller embedded in it (but shrouded in canvas).

Commercial airplanes were often test-and-demo targets.  I know of an FAA inspector involved in the downing of a commercial plane in Alaska, who understands the reason was "counter-warfare" electronics from a submarine that had surfaced in the sound below the approach path, causing the apparent radar image of the rocky cliffs to rotate deceptively.  Plane hit cliff.

It went on all the time.  It was rarely, and then only disinformation or accident, when it appeared in US media.  Those "lost" submarines?!  Those aircraft "accidents"?!  Yeah, maybe and maybe not.  Do you think the pentagon would not do such a thing?

Augustus's picture

Same shit as always.

Anusocracy answers the dog whistle when Puutie calls.

You might recall that Russia / USSR was the state that had that Iron Curtain.  Was it East Germany which built the Berlin Wall?

Puutie is stupid enough to believe that Stalinism was a success for the country. 

USSR was always the agressor and Puutie is continuing down that losing path.  Back to an emploding economy and assassinations.

You might also not that the US has not added any nuclear weapons for decades.

Keep telling the lies to keep getting paid.

Sandmann's picture

Funny how Stalin invaded USSR on 22 June 1941..........that was just before FDR had those Japanese ships attacked at Pearl Harbour

Bobbo's picture

You mean, right after when we learned the Japanese were approaching?

TungstenBars's picture

UsSR is always the aggressor?

Lol what country are you from to be that deluded from reality? C'mon let us know.

Anusocracy's picture

Um, dumbass, you're the one that pops up on every Putin/Russia post. Troll much? Hope nobody is paying you, they would be getting cheated.

1) The Soviet Union and Russia are two different entities - like the Roman Empire and Italy.

2) Putin is stupid enough to believe that Stalinism was a success for the country. And 99% of Americans and all politicians think Lincoln was great for America. So?

3) The defining moment of the Cold War was the US staging tactical nukes in Turkey which precipitated the Cuban Missile Crisis. That is the basic behavior the US exhibited the entire Cold War. As for economies, the US is trying to destroy Russia's economy. Just more of the same aggressive behavior.

4) You have absolute proof the US has not added any nukes for decades? Or are you believing what the known liar US is claiming? Useless dupe behavior at best.

You are dumber than shit. I despise ALL GOVERNMENTS and the worst ones the most. I also hate true-believer idiots like you.

Lore's picture

+100 for "True Believer Idiots."  Got one of those in my family.  Ask any question, and the response is essentially "BECAUSE AMERKA!"

Note the recent ramp-up of insipid programming like Harrison Ford's Air Force One on network television: propaganda for the True Believer Idiots.

Anusocracy's picture

I have them too, unfortunately.

It's not worth talking to them so I do my best to ignore them.

Abbie Normal's picture

The best part of that movie was the fake escape pod from the Apollo missions....

Reptil's picture

Guess who's building a new "iron curtain"?
Yes, NATO and their neo-nazi and oligarch puppets in Ukraine.
In spite of the half-truth of the Independent, it's to keep people from fleeing towards the free economic zone outside the NATO/IMF/BIS controlled sferes.


Dathedr's picture

You are very stupid creature. You must be that moron I named Reek a while back then, hm? You stupid scumbag! No matter how many times you get an educational response to your vommited stupidity, you always keep vomitting more shit. Perhaps your shithole is where you mought ought to be, hm, Reek? ehehehe You stupid fuck!


blabam's picture

"The US was the aggressor then and it's the aggressor now."

Yeah sunny skies in Cambodia, China, Russia, North Korea. 

From now on I'll stick to the occasional article. Most in the comment section on this site have clearly lost the plot.  

Reptil's picture

Blabam, it's about power. You have your head obviously stuck in the cold war, and all it's propaganda bullshit.

The "model" of those who control the western "economies" (or what's left of them) want Europe to fight with Russia, and screw the economic ties.

Don't believe that? Well... they say so themselves.

It's because of people like you, that are too complacent to do some research, that we're moving towards a completely meaningless war, that will obliterate our civilisation.

Real Estate Geek's picture

Please take Anusocracy with you. Kind of a Two-fer Tuesday.

Max Steel's picture

and kindly also take augustus aka amrikan patriot witha you too

Real Estate Geek's picture

Shit; I'm an idiot.  I meant to say take Augustus, which is why I just DV'ed myself; there and here.


Dathedr's picture

I think you should stick that hairy snout right next to Reek's asshole (that would be his mouth, so you wouldn't get confused, ehehe) in order to help that stupid SOB a little, hm? It might do some good to you as well... dags are helpful creatures as we all know! Now be a useful dog and clean Reek's ass... mouth! ehehehe

Creepy A. Cracker's picture

Thank you Dear Leader Obama for making the world hate, and disrespect, the U.S.

Reptil's picture

We don't hate the US, nor do we hate the people of the US.
We're fed up, that's for sure, of the lies, propaganda and complacency of those that still believe "exceptionalism" and that this is somehow viable.
And personally I'm surprised, not just by the sheer stupidity of the majority of US citizens, elite and militairy but even more of the european ones, who willingly screw up their own future prosperity and, if it really goes pearshaped their progeny.

The level of stooopidd is just stunning!

Bunga Bunga's picture

Draghi using a Bazooka? Lol, he is even afraid of confetti.

madcows's picture

Boy, I sure am glad that Hildabeast allowed the Ruskies to buy our uranium mines in order to line her own pockets.  Way to go, Bitch.

Reptil's picture

Are you nuts? Russian uranium has fuelled US nuclear reactors for more than a decade.

The Nuclear industry and the dark forces that control it (I'm still not knowledgable about who or what that is exactly) are above the petty national, or even emperical conflicts. Those are contrived, set up.

They want to sweep the planet from our species. No one, no human elite would benefit from a biotope filled with nanosized uranium and plutonium particles.
Maybe they're completely insane? That seems to be the case.
Dr Strangelove was not fiction. We see a repeated pattern now.
With one giant diffence.

The M.A.D. doctrine (mutually assured destruction) is gone.
The Pentagon is openly laying out plans of action to start launching. A pre-emptive strike.

Now you could say: I hope they succeed, it's them (Russia, China, other BRICS) or us.
Fallout doesn't stop at the border. IF they start any large scale conflict, this planet will be uninhabitable practically forever.
And that will be the fault of the american and european public first, because they're too STUPID to realize they're being used as puppets.

It's that simple.

SMG's picture

"IF they start any large scale conflict, this planet will be uninhabitable practically forever."

Actually not true.  Many will die, but that is by design, see Georgia Guidestones.

Nuclear weapons are designed to use up all their energy as fast as possible.   Most fallout will dissapte in a month or so.  Now if you don't have a place to shelter, that will be bad for you.

However, if you prepare (and believe me the Oligarchs are preparing for this), you have time to save yourself and your family.

skepsis101's picture

Are you out of your mind?  "Most fallout will dissipate in a month  or so"  You better study up a little more before you graduate from middle school.  Unless, of course, the Georgia Guidestones say so.

Dr. Engali's picture

All the world's a stage.......

two hoots's picture

And the sheeple, stagehands.

TwoHoot's picture

two hoots a newbie shill. Don't be confused.

HughBriss's picture

What, you don't like theatre?  Are you not entertained??  ;)

bbq on whitehouse lawn's picture

No its like watching paint dry.

davidalan1's picture

Fukushima spewing radioactivity unabated...

Countries failing

States failing

Record droughts

Bruce jenner

Sure lets add more ICBM's just what we need...what an idiot race..


Squid Viscous's picture

Was that Haiku, or War Pigs... either way excellent prose!

LawsofPhysics's picture

If only these "jobs programs" focused on nuclear fusion with the same intensity...

LawsofPhysics's picture

Sure, been hearing that for 30+ years...

wake us when it actually happens.

One of these is not like the others..'s picture

Thorium will still make deadly untreatable pollution by the tonne...


Nuclear technology was a trap, and we walked into it.