Tension between the United States and Russia is beginning to rise and has led to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday proposing a law suspending a Moscow-Washington agreement to dispose of weapons-grade plutonium, in addition to the U.S suspending negotiations with Russia on Monday.
Both Russia and the United States are still heavily armed with nuclear weapons, and an official TV channel in Russia has issued a warning that war with the West could be imminent.
Zvezda, a nationwide TV service run by the country’s Ministry of Defence, said last week, ‘Schizophrenics from America are sharpening nuclear weapons for Moscow.’
As Russia issued this warning it is currently evacuating 40 million people in a drill.
A Ministry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters spokesman said: “The three-stage four-day drill involves more than 40 million people, more than 200,000 specialists of rescue units based in regions, organizations and enterprises, as well as some 50,000 units of equipment.”
“Management bodies and forces of the Emergency Ministry’s territorial bodies have been put on simulated high alert.”
“Representatives of federal executive authorities, heads of regions, local governments and organizations are taking part in the massive drill.”
“Emergency Ministry’s forces and facilities are fully engaged, including rescue military divisions, rescue units, paramilitary mine rescue units and State Small Vessels Inspectorate, fire departments and aircraft.”
“The topic of the drill is Organization of civil defense during large natural and man-caused disasters in the Russian Federation.”
Minister of Emergency Situations Vladimir Puchkov said: ‘Civil defense system solves a wide range of tasks related to protection of people, material and cultural values in each constituent territory of the Russian Federation.” He also added that Russia has enough resources to respond to massive disasters.
“Modern approaches to foundation of control centers are being implemented, there is a set of automatized database forming systems, modeling of different threats and risks, satellite monitoring and forecasting system which uses Russian-made solutions and technologies.”
“The Emergency Ministry, federal executive authorities and regions have material and other resources to ensure uninterrupted operation of transport, power supply and communication systems.”
“It has proven efficient in the past three years.”
“We are restoring roads, building temporary bridges and handle many other problems.”
“During the drill we are going to inspect what was planned to be inspected and make suggestions on building-up the potential and areas of developing civil defense considering risks and threats, civil defense plans are going to be revised and suggestions will be made for summary rules of national standards.”
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