US testing means to drop nukes on Russia – Moscow

American nuclear-capable bombers have flown dozens of sorties throughout Eastern Europe prior to now few weeks as a part of drills designed to probe Russian readiness in case of an atomic warfare, Russia’s protection minister has claimed.

Speaking after a gathering his Chinese counterpart, Wei Fenghe, in Moscow on Tuesday, Sergey Shoigu stated that there was “a significant intensification of activity from US strategic bomber aviation near the borders of Russia.”

According to him, “over the past month, around 30 missions have been flown near the borders of the Russian federation, around two and a half times more than in the same time period last year.”

Shoigu added that latest American workouts, codenamed Global Thunder, noticed “ten strategic bombers practicing their ability to use nuclear weapons against Russia at almost the same time from the west and the east. The minimum distance from our border was 20km.”

At the identical time, the Russian Armed Forces chief stated that the connection between his nation and China was changing into more and more necessary “during a time when geopolitical turbulence and the risk of conflict are growing.”

The minister’s feedback come amid rising tensions with NATO over Ukraine, with Kiev claiming {that a} buildup of Russian troops throughout the shared frontier might be a precursor to an invasion.

Moscow denies that it’s planning such an offensive, insisting that “the movement of some of our military equipment or army units across the territory of the Russian Federation is exclusively our business.”

On Monday, the nation’s high international intelligence company, the SVR, issued a press release accusing the US of orchestrating a disinformation marketing campaign taking part in up the chance of battle.

In a press release, officers stated that it was portray “a terrible picture of how hordes of Russian tanks will start crushing Ukrainian cities,” and that Washington is utilizing diplomatic channels to “share with its allies and partners absolutely false information about the concentration of forces on our territory in advance of a military invasion of Ukraine.”

Both Russia and NATO have accused one another of stepping up warplane flights near the border, and final yr Moscow blasted a “provocative” move from Washington to dispatch American B-1B nuclear bombers into Ukrainian airspace for the primary time in historical past. Russian fighter jets and anti-air rockets had been scrambled in response.