U.S. Believes Russia Conducting Low-Level Nuclear Tests

Russian MP notes tests can't be carried out secretly

With no evidence to support the allegations, US DIA officials are accusing Russia of potentially having the capability of violating the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. Russia ratified this treaty in 2000, and the US has never done so.

There is a global system that would immediately detect a nuclear test, which led Russian MP Vladimir Shamanov to mock the US military for “failing professionalism” as he noted that nuclear tests cannot be carried out secretly.

The State Department defended the DIA allegation, for which again no evidence exists, on the grounds that the US believes Russia “routinely” disregards its international obligations. That a major nuclear state like Russia could conduct a test is not in question, of course, the treaty simply forbids them from doing so, which again, they haven’t.

These allegations are potentially dangerous, as the US has in the past started accusing Russia of a violation, and just kept repeated the claim until they decide to launch some major diplomatic fight with Russia over the allegation, on the grounds that they’ve repeated it so long that everyone in the US just assumes its true.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.