British National Security Advisor Stephen Lovegrove warned on Thursday that there is a greater risk of nuclear war today than there was during the Cold War due to a lack of communication channels.
“The Cold War’s two monolithic blocks of the USSR (Soviet Union) and NATO — though not without alarming bumps — were able to reach a shared understanding of doctrine that is today absent,” Lovegrove said.
He said during the Cold War, there was an “understanding of the Soviet doctrine and capabilities — and vice versa” because they kept more negotiation channels open. “This gave us both a higher level of confidence that we would not miscalculate our way into nuclear war,” Lovegrove said.
“Today we do not have the same foundations with others who may threaten us in future — particularly with China,” he said.
Today, there is only one remaining nuclear arms control treaty between the US and Russia, the New START, which limits the deployment of nuclear warheads, bombers, submarines, and missiles. Since Russia invaded Ukraine, the US has abandoned diplomacy with Moscow, and US officials have said they can’t imagine negotiating a replacement of New START before it expires in 2026.
The US has no nuclear arms control treaties with China, which has a vastly smaller arsenal than the US or Russia. Current estimates put Beijing’s arsenal at around 350 warheads, while the US has 5,550 and Russia has about 6,200.
During the Trump administration, the US tried to get Beijing to take part in trilateral arms control talks with Moscow and Washington. But China has little interest in such talks while its arsenal is so much smaller. If the US were serious about getting China involved, it would need to work with Russia to significantly reduce its stockpiles.
Besides the lack of communication, the risk of nuclear war is significantly higher today because the US is funding a war on Russia’s border and helping Ukraine with intelligence to carry out attacks on Russian forces. The US is also stoking tensions with China by deploying more military forces in the South China Sea and increasing support for Taiwan.
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The UK is one of the prime sponsors of terror worldwide as well as using their MI6 goons to foment war and rebellion.
They even were complicit in an attempted coup in America trying to dispose of President Trump!
Why Isn’t Christopher David Steele in prison in America? Because he is a British intelligence officer NOT a former MI6 goon!
Yes. Funny that there has been a huge effort to get Assange and zero effort to get Steele. One of those only told the truth. The other fabricated multiple lies.
Professional courtesy, active intelligence officers are rarely bothered or arrested among friendly nations.
Noam Chomsky said you can tell who our friends / enemies are by the number of times the word GENOCIDE is used
“Nuclear War Threat Higher Than During the Cold War.” Interesting how people ignore the obvious 1+1=2 simple math until an “establishment authority figure” points it out. Even then, wait for neocon/neolib/antiwar-but-only-over-technicalities advocates chime in against it. Their arguments so far include Putin is insane but not insane enough or his generals will not allow him. They totally ignore the insane neocon/neolib risking our entire existence for regime change wars and US military hegemony with almost 1000 bases around the globe. If that doesn’t make you grab your barf bags, then how about if I tell you they’re spreading democracy and freedom.
I just barfed on my slippers!
Yeah, yeah: democracy and freedom (don’t forget the fries!).
I typically ignore the math: 1+1=3…
“Hegemony”? Is that a communicable disease?…
One of these days, freedom and democracy are gonna bite us in the ass!
Hands Donna a fresh pair of slippers
Well, they did compare Putin to Hitler. Maybe we should worry when they start comparing him to Truman.
If Putin is comparable to Hitler that looks bad for Russia, because after the Wehrmacht had reached the English Channel in 1940, Hitler made only very bad decisions.
And if he’s comparable to Truman then it looks bad for the world.
Total madness is afoot, and it ain’t Russia. Let the bodies pile up. Keep the aggression coming. Who is NATO, I want to know. If Ukraine were to join NATO, would U.S. nuclear weapons be put on Russias border…??? Who would decide when they are used? I remember during the attempted coup against Edrogon in Turkey, that NATO had U.S. thermonuclear weapons at Turkey’s Incrit base, and I remember there was constellation and hand wringing about them being there. NATO claims to be a defensive alliance, but they attacked Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan all of whom were innocent of any attacks on any NATO member, Worse yet, the U.S. based their attacks on lies and forgeries that Iraq was producing Weapons of Mass Destruction. No WMD’s were found… It was all a lie to steal their oil, money and gold. Ditto Libya!!!! Would any country in their right mind want them on their border. How many innocent people has NATO killed in Afghanistan, Iraq and Lydia in wars built on forgeries and lies….??????
We are not ” Useful Idiots” anymore, although It was American Gov idea to keep the public just like that,but backfired,look what useful Idiots voted for; Orange Trump still wanted to he president and still have supported,and Biden keep shaking hands with the people doesn’t exist,and imagining to destroy Russians and still believe there is no nuclear annihilation.
Why on earth not to use nuclear weapons when Russian on their knees? Is that a Irish joke from a patient with Cognitive decline therapy?
Mv, I believe that Ukraine had the third largest contingency of military personnel in Iraq.
Ain’t karma a bee-otch?
The US is a brainless idiot (and arrogant) and it doesn’t seem to matter whether we have a democrat or republican in office, our hubris is a dangerous thing. I find us to be politically frigid, regardless of party affiliation.
Lovegrove is an interesting name and his points seem solid.
In a nuclear world, one day those nukes will be more than animated and that does concern me…
Donna, maybe it’s time for humanity—-and I use that term loosely—-to get nuked off the planet and allow a surviving species to evolve that will be better stewards of the earth.
My vote is for cockroaches.
I don’t remember the names of these two, a US General and a former Soviet General who had a private meeting together after the Soviet Union dissolved. I read an article about it back then. The US General asked the Russian General on who he believes would start a nuclear war and the immediate response from the Russian General was “A madman”. Well today unfortunately there are many madmen in Washington DC.
They are octogenarians who are staring death in the face and their days are numbered
Americans are lemmings and marching towards the cliff which is nuclear war with Russia, China and Iran. There’s no protests, and the only information on the MSM is such blatant propaganda and outright lies, amounting to whoppers, and most Americans actually are so unaware they believe the BS. And, just remember Wash., the war industry and media all are linked in the stock market and will benefit financially from another endless war, but this war won’t be fought against tribesmen on horseback, but real armies, navies and air forces with nuclear weapons. It all comes down to MONEY, doesn’t it?
Read the book ( GUARDIANS OF POWER ) THE MYTH OF THE LIBERAL MEDIA , it tells you all about the INCESTUOUS relationship between the Corporate Media , Journalists & Politicians .
“If the US were serious about getting China involved, it would need to work with Russia to significantly reduce its stockpiles.”
— if the US was serious with China, it would mean more to China if the US reduced it’s own stockpile as an example to China and Russia.
The Ukraine War happened only because the US had already abandoned diplomacy with Moscow.
This is a long-continued blunder by Biden, engineered by his long time adviser Blinken as Sec of State.
This is The Blob ascendant. It is the expansion of US power, without regard to others, who are considered only as did Rumsfeld when he said the US has such extreme power that it acts and others must then react on US terms.
The US does not really have that extreme power, and the blundering has blown up in our faces for the last 20 years.
What gives America it`s power isn`t the military but it`s power over the financial sector world wide , even NATO countries fear upsetting the US because sanction could destroy their economies and plunge their population into poverty , until the Dollar is no longer the worlds reserve currency nothing will change , the Dollar has become the weapon of choice for the US.
O’ God of earth and altar,
bow down and hear our cry,
our earthly rulers falter,
our people drift and die;
the walls of gold entomb us,
the swords of scorn divide,
take not thy thunder from us,
but take away our pride.
Russian officials confirmed the discussion on Thursday. on the release of Brittney Griner and Paul N. Whelan. but said Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov was too busy to talk with Mr. Blinken now. LMAO now that is funny.
What has become of the Skripals? Have they been murdered by the UK and US elites? The UK and US Governments have been lying about the Skripals, they were last seen presented to the public in a video taken in May 2018 when Yulia Skripal was filmed at a U.S. military base in the UK.
Hu Xijin stated “If US fighter jets escort Pelosi’s plane into Taiwan, it is invasion. The PLA has the right to forcibly dispel Pelosi’s plane and the US fighter jets, including firing warning shots and making tactical movement of obstruction. If ineffective, then shoot them down.”
Freedom of speech is the right to offend. It is not the jurisdiction of this publication to OK what can and cant be said, that is what we have “courts of law” for. This publication is lawless in its censorship while destroying the institutions that they pretend to protect. Antiwar my arse.
If US fighters are allowed to land in Taiwan the Pentagon will see this a a Chinese weakness and escalate it`s support for Taiwan by flying ever more fighters into the country and more weapons.
The threat of NW is higher “due to a lack of communication channels”.
Communication channels will do nothing for a rogue Congresswoman who wants to pursue her own whims in going where she wants to go, regardless of the consequences.
Communication channels will do nothing for a Commander in Chief who wants to prolong the war in Ukraine to weaken Russia.
British Official Says Nuclear War Will Be Started By West
I sent a EMail to my M.P 18 months ago stating the very same , now in my seventies i have watch / read just how dangerous the world has become , with the Americans / Brits / NATO to blame for this , continually interfering in the affairs of other countries , the world dosen`t need police men as the Americans / Brits would have you believe , what the world needs are peace makers .
Oh we love our wars
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