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EditorialNuclear warmongering

Nuclear warmongering

A rather slow but gradual engagement of the US and its allies in the Russia-Ukraine conflict has escalated the risk of ensuing a world war III posing a direct threat to humanity at large as the option of using nuclear weapons has not been ruled out by Moscow. Lately, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned there is a “serious” risk of nuclear war over Ukraine accusing the US of fanning warfare through its military aid. The statement is the outcome of a development wherein the US has announced additional military aid for Ukraine as the war enters its 62nd day. There are also hints about North Atlantic Treaty Organization counterparts and other partners’ willingness to boost weapons supplies to Ukraine. Reportedly, Germany plans to allow delivery of 50 Gepard anti-aircraft tanks to Ukraine in its first step to supply heavy weapons to counter Russia’s invasion. The Russian invasion of Ukraine in itself was not a good decision but the latest developments are leading to a possible full-scale war. Both Russia and Ukraine are not willing to soften their stances and space for dialogue is getting shrunk. In this situation, nuclear warmongering and related assistance can bring perilous results for the whole world as the consequences and ill-effects of this escalation will not remain limited to Moscow and Washington. Presently, the world is facing a two-pronged threat of falling victim to the destruction caused by nuclear warfare.

First, certain states with nuclear capability pose a threat to world peace. Those states that fail to resolve their conflicts through dialogues never rule out the option of getting engaged in nuclear warfare anytime: that is the perceived fear. If that happens, it will be no less than mutually agreed destruction for both sides. Russia’s non-cooperative attitude and the US policy of maintaining its hegemony in the world are causes for concern. The US and Russia have a combined arsenal of 14,800 nuclear weapons, and there is an estimated total of 15,800 nuclear weapons in existence worldwide. In such situation, the start of a nuclear war between the two countries remains a dreadful dream not only for the masses of relevant states but also for the rest of the world. Because a nuclear war can yield an unprecedented human death toll and habitat destruction. Detonating such a large amount of nuclear weaponry would have a long-term effect on the world’s climate that may generate significant upheaval in advanced civilisations. Nobody is oblivious of the terrible consequences of using nuclear weapons. Therefore, these weapons should never be used in any case. All states should cooperate and follow nuclear agreements in letter and spirit for the sake of humanity and all conflicts need to be resolved on the table, not on the battlegrounds in this nuclear age.

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