Why Is Russia Deploying Nuclear Weapons to Crimea?

Recently, there has been an uptick in Russian efforts to defend the placement of nuclear-capable weapons, if not actual nuclear weapons, on Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, which Russia illegally annexed one year ago. Notably, TU-22M3 long-range bombers, which would be able to carry and deliver such weapons, have now been deployed to Crimea. And Russia has also been stepping up its defensive rhetoric regarding conventional weapons deployed to the peninsula (Interfax, March 18). Several factors help explain Moscow’s actions.

One reason is surely connected with the recent snap exercises embracing virtually all of Russia’s western fronts, from the Arctic to the Black Sea. These exercises were meant to signal to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) that Russia is not backing down and is, indeed, capable of waging a general European war that could include nuclear strikes from Crimean- and Ukrainian-based systems…

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  • I’ll never tell.

  • If one wished to intimidate Europe, just threaten to cut off its gas. Nuclear weapons (assuming that they function) is just laying it on thick. It’s dangerous posturing.

    My brother once suggested that if wished to hurt Russia, one could break it up into its little states before it was ever unified.

    Hhmmm….

    • Una Salus

      I was thinking more or less the same before I read your comment but McCain already tried to do this to Russia. He was hoping for another Arab Spring.

      • (sigh)

        Is someone bold enough to call Russia’s bluff, like: “Go ahead. Nuke Crimea. See if we care.”?

  • eMan14

    Justin has a solution..
    – “Rather than, you know, trying to whip out our CF-18s and show them how big they are. …” You like them big. Don’t you Vlad?

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Can we finally give up the notion that Russians are “just like us”?
    Please.
    Their thinking has not, and will never be, anything like ours.

  • JJ Joseph

    The plan is to destroy Russia by chewing at its periphery, and getting its hundreds of nationalities (e.g. Ukrainians, Moldovans, Georgians, Chechens, etc) fighting with each other. Then we can swoop in and grab the resources that we need. If we’re lucky, Russia will be crippled and they’ll have no choice but to learn English and subscribe to Bell cable services. No more Russian for the Rooskies! The bonus will be if we can interrupt the sale of gas from Russia to to China, then China will be at our mercy, too. If we can’t pull this off, the US dollar is going to get hit really bad, so it’s now or never!

    • Gettingby

      Really? An American effort to gain resources? Sounds like an Obama strategy…attack the largest country in the world by creating conflict between hundreds of nationalities, wage a war thousands of miles away and defeat a powerful nuclear military power and who ever allies with her, then reunite all those warring factions. Pick resources up from ground. Then take out China. Sounds simple!
      If America wants resources that badly all they need do is look south at all those weak countries full of want to be Americans. They could own all the way down to Panama in a month.

      • FactsWillOut

        Like a child unhappy that another child has a nice toy truck.

      • JJ Joseph

        ” all they need do is look … at all those weak countries full of want to be Americans”

        That’s Ukraine, buddy. That’s the plan.

  • Hard Little Machine

    For the same reason that sane people are bothered that Iran will get nukes soon. Having them is enough w/o using them.

  • Una Salus

    I’m not sure who’s guilty of false bravado here. The author of the article or Putin. From what I’ve read Merkel may be talking about building up Germany’s military but there are fears this will undermine NATO. Anyway Putin controls their gas and he knows they don’t want to fight.
    These exercise may just be a way of upping the anti.