One of the negative consequences of development of the Ukrainian fall, Besides the development of tensions between Russia and Western countries is the reduction of interactions between Moscow and Washington on non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, Brian Bender, editor of the American magazine Politico.
So, Bender believes, it is impossible not to notice the hard and cold fact " - after 25 years since the fall of the USSR the Washington and Moscow now have almost 2,000 nuclear bombs ready to go at any time to eliminate one another (the United States and Russia - approx. Ed.) "
And increased preparedness on the background of the Ukrainian fall, from his point of view, " raises fresh concerns that the deepening mistrust between former adversaries greatly increases the risk of errors that have the ability to lead to a nuclear catastrophe."
the Creator of the article quotes the expression of the American General James Cartwright, who oversaw the nuclear stockpiles of the United States until 2011, who believes that the US and Russia have the opportunity to get into the rules of "accidental nuclear confrontation" caused by " intelligence errors or mistakes in understanding the aspirations of the other side ".
For this reason, as suggested by a retired American General, Russia and the United States needed "hours if not days for a decision to avoid wrong decisions," while maintaining a powerful deterrent force ".
in addition, Bender writes, " most of the programs of cooperation between Moscow and Washington on nuclear weapons fell victim to the Ukrainian fall ".
"Both countries have suspended a number of common efforts aimed at reducing the spread of nuclear weapons and materials around the world and refrained from making any new agreements on arms control aimed at further reducing the size of their nuclear stockpiles," says Bender.