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Ex-U.S., Russian brass: ‘De-alert’ nukes or risk disaster
MURMANSK, RUSSIA - MARCH 19: Start of a rocket from a warship board during military training on Northern navy on March 19, 2015 in Murmansk, Russia. (Photo Anatoly Zhdanov/Kommersant Photo via Getty Images)

Ex-U.S., Russian brass: ‘De-alert’ nukes or risk disaster

Amid all the talk about a new Cold War, here’s one hard, cold fact: Nearly 25 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Washington and Moscow still have nearly 2,000 atomic bombs ready to fly at a moment’s notice to destroy each other.

And that so-called hair-trigger alert is now sparking new concerns that deepening distrust between the former foes significantly raises the risk of a miscalculation and nuclear disaster.

On Thursday the American general who recently commanded U.S. nuclear forces will lead a group of ex-Russian officers and other national security leaders in an appeal for the United States and Russia to take immediate steps to “de-alert” their respective arsenals.

Their proposal starkly warns that the current dismal state of relations — combined with other new factors such as the threat of cyberattacks — demands leaders on both sides be given more time to respond to potential provocations before ordering the unthinkable.

Read More:Ex-U.S., Russian brass: ‘De-alert’ nukes or risk disaster – Bryan Bender – POLITICO.

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