The United States fears the trivialization of Russian and Chinese “blackmail to deterrence”

Barely a few days after the start of military operations in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin ordered, in a very publicized manner, his Chief of Staff and his Minister of Defense to put the Russian strategic forces on high alert, in response the first round of sanctions from the United States and Europe against Russia in response to this aggression. Since then, Moscow has repeatedly repeated its strategic threats in an attempt to prevent the West from interfering in the ongoing conflict, and to provide growing support to the Ukrainians. If this did not prevent the United States, Great Britain and many European countries from delivering armaments...

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Vladimir Putin wants to revive the INF treaty on short and medium range missiles

It won't have dragged on. In our article devoted to Moscow's accusations against Berlin vis-à-vis the non-respect of the treaty on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, we wondered about Moscow's objectives for seizing today this file which has existed for more than of 40. A clue may have been given by Vladimir Putin himself today, when he tabled an offer of nuclear arms control over the European Theater, independent of other theatres. This is a profound break in Russian positions, and an offer that could largely appeal to Europeans. Vladimir Putin's proposal is simple: he...

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Russia accuses Germany of not respecting the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

In 1968, a large number of countries signed the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, an agreement under the aegis of the United Nations obliging signatory countries not to develop or export military nuclear technologies. It followed a series of crises related to the deployment of nuclear weapons by both the Soviet Union and the United States on allied territories, cyclically creating severe tensions, the most representative being the Cuban Missile Crisis, when Khrushchev's Soviet Union deployed SS-4 and SS-5 nuclear missiles on the communist Caribbean island, prompting the intervention of American forces, and 11 days of very strong…

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The United States' international negotiation strategy deadlocked

With the arrival at the White House of President Donald Trump, the State Department, in charge of foreign affairs, profoundly modified its negotiation strategy on major international issues, moving from a firm attitude but capable of compromise to positions based on the balance of power. In just 4 years, the Trump administration has managed to end the INF treaty prohibiting the design and possession of short and medium range ballistic and cruise systems with Russia, to withdraw from the Open Sky treaty allowing the conduct of inspection flights over the signatory countries, but also to remove…

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China to invest $ 500 billion over 10 years to catch up on nuclear weapons

According to the state website globaltimes.cn, citing diplomatic sources, Beijing has notified Washington of its refusal to participate in US-Russian negotiations on the reduction of nuclear weapons in the park. On the contrary, China will deploy unprecedented and colossal efforts to make up for its delay in terms of strategic weapons vis-à-vis the United States. It must be said that, on this subject, the Chinese narrative is particularly easy. With less than 500 nuclear warheads in service, Beijing, like Paris, does not play today in the same course as Washington or Moscow, which aligns almost 6000 each. In addition, China does not have the same relays as the…

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US withdrawal from Open Skies threatens nuclear weapons control and Baltic security

Last week, the New York Times announced that the Trump administration wanted to withdraw the United States from the “Open Skies” treaty. Although this international agreement now plays a minor role in arms control, it is still highly symbolic and contributes directly to the security of certain allies of the United States, in particular the Baltic countries. For the White House, the American withdrawal would be justified by the lack of transparency and the repeated violations of Russia vis-à-vis the Open Skies agreements, as we mentioned in our previous article on this subject. In the middle of an election year, and while Donald Trump still presents himself as a negotiator…

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The Ukrainian anti-ship missile Neptune shows its effectiveness

The Ukrainian site defence-ua.com, which specializes in defense issues, has published an exclusive video showing the test of the P-360 Neptune anti-ship missile which took place on April 2 near Odessa. The video shows the launch of the missile from its quadruple launcher, as well as the impact on the target net carried by the targeting barge. According to Oleg Korostelev, who runs the Ukrainian company Luch in charge of the Neptune program, the tests gave rise to 3 shots, all successful, against targets a hundred kilometers away. Based on the Kh35 anti-ship cruise missile, the P-360 Neptune in…

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The US Marines Corps wants to quickly acquire new generation anti-ship missiles

As we often mention in our lines, it seems that the strategic initiative has changed sides, after three decades of American superiority in military affairs. In China, Russia and with their main customers, the generalization of anti-aircraft and anti-ship access denial systems (A2/AD) has gradually reduced Western air and naval superiority. At the same time, the emergence of a Chinese ocean-going navy has represented, for the US Navy, an unprecedented challenge since the end of the Cold War, prompting the American armed forces to adapt their strategy of means to these new threats hanging over their expeditionary forces. As we explained…

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The United States should test a ground-to-ground cruise missile in the coming months

The American military authorities announced that they would proceed at least from August this year to the first test of a surface-to-surface cruise missile, a system having a range of 1000 km, according to US assertions. This announcement comes less than 2 months after the announcement of the temporary suspension of the INF Treaty by the United States, accusing Russia of developing a program that does not respect the prohibitions of the INF Treaty, and followed by the same suspension of the treaty by Russia. If the tests are conclusive, the new system could be put into service in 18 months. However, if Russia had only taken a week to announce the work for…

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No negotiations started with China on a new INF Treaty

According to Andrea Thompson, the US Under Secretary of State for Arms Control, no negotiations have been started with China regarding possible integration into the INF Treaty. According to her, the only interlocutor today remains Russia, knowing that it has 6 months to comply with the demands of the United States before the final withdrawal from the treaty. The possibility of a negotiation with China had been raised by President Trump himself during his address regarding the American decision to suspend their participation in the treaty. It would, however, be very surprising if China, which has invested heavily in intermediate-range ballistic weapons like the DF21 and…

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