Former US President Donald Trump on Saturday, April 9, speaking at a rally of his supporters in North Carolina, compared the nuclear arsenals of Moscow and Washington. The broadcast was via the Rumble website.
The politician admitted that he hates to talk about it, but it was thanks to him that the country became the owner of the most powerful nuclear potential.
“Honestly, [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, you shouldn’t be talking about this either. And if they talk about it, we need someone who knows how to respond, and not just say, “Oh, there are nuclear weapons,” Trump said.
Earlier, on April 1, the United States decided to cancel tests of the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile, which had been postponed earlier. According to Pentagon spokesman Ann Stefanek, in this way Washington decided to reduce nuclear tensions. The next test of the Minuteman III is scheduled for the end of this year.
Tests of the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) Minuteman III (“Minuteman-3”) were to take place in the United States in early March. However, the Pentagon announced their cancellation.
Later, on March 3, US Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland said that the decision to postpone the nuclear exercises was due to an unwillingness to contribute to the escalation. According to Nuland, this decision proves that Washington has no intention to engage in “any action that can be misunderstood or misinterpreted.”
Earlier in the day, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia is not building its policy on the principle of “escalation for the sake of de-escalation”, NATO countries and Ukraine are talking about the possibility of nuclear war. The Minister noted that the conditions for the use of nuclear weapons by Russia are described in the military doctrine.
On February 28, US President Joe Biden dispelled American fears about the threat of a nuclear war. Later, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed that the US government sees no reason to increase the readiness level of its nuclear forces. Washington does not seek conflict with Moscow, Psaki assured.
On February 24, Russia launched an operation to protect civilians in the Donbass. A few days earlier, the situation in the region escalated significantly due to shelling by the Ukrainian military. The authorities of the Donetsk and Luhansk republics announced the evacuation of residents to the Russian Federation, and also turned to Moscow for help. On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing the independence of the DPR and LPR.