Russia has reiterated that it is not isolated on Ukrainian issue nor on the MH17 crash by the Russian rocket launchers in the hands of the rebels, while a quick reactionin the global media began scout for possible Russian military superiority vis-a-vis the US.
Analysts are digging the Cold War period files to show case how Russia is augmenting its military arsenal and nuclear stockpile over a period of time when its main rival is visibly reluctant to reciprocate.
The man steering Russia ahead in the direction is its current Vladmir Putin, who grew up amid the Cold War rivalry and above-all headed the KGB once to counter the US strategic thinking and analyses. While the US media is blaming him for his 25-year-old thinking, as evidenced in Forbes reports recently, the contention that Washington has moved ahead is also not entirely logical.
One view is that Russia may bring back the fierce nuclear arsenal stockpiles in favour of so-called “tactical” warfare. In support of this idea, Putin has forwarded two months ago that Moscow would create a new guaranteed nuclear detrrent against NATO, including the US.
National media PRAVDA soon listed the country’s 5,000 weapons of “tactical” nature, including torpedo, Iskander, artillery and aerial warheads. In addition, the report claimed that Russia has developed new generation long-range missiles. Meanwhile, the Pentagon-fed reports in Forbes showed that Russia may have surpassed in the US in nuclear weapons capability, raising the eye-brows all over the world.
Another report in Bloomberg said Russian jets are probing the NATO airspace in a war drill exercise quoting the think-tank European Leadership Network, which said the events provide a “highly disturbing picture of violations of national airspace”. It also cited some cases of “narrowly avoided mid-air collisions.”
US Air Force General Philip Breedlove has also come forward with similar view. “Clearly, every time we come into contact with Russian forces and every time we see their tactics and how they deploy, we do learn about them.”
Another version came from the director of the German Federal Academy for Security Policy in Berlin, Karl-Heinz Kamp, who described Russia’s swift mobilization of 20,000 to 40,000 Russian troops in Ukraine as an aggressive front of Russia vis-a-vis NATO.
While the entire gamut of events is keeping the Cold war academics busy, another rumor-mongering side is floating the idea of World War III.