“For the first time in 30 years, Russia is deploying nuclear-armed ships in the Baltic Sea,” warns the Microsoft news portal “msn”. But the dramatic reports are apparently the result of incorrect translations of a magazine – which many media have spread further.
But the report says nothing about a scenario in which Russian warships with nuclear missiles on board are currently being “positioned”.
The statements have been reversed: now the same “Politico” article quotes a senior researcher at the UN Institute for Disarmament Research, Pavel Podvig. He says it is “highly unlikely” that the Norwegian intelligence report could be interpreted to mean that Russia deployed ships armed with tactical nuclear weapons.
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Nuclear weapons expert Frank Sauer also thinks these fears are exaggerated in an interview with ZDFheute: “Russia’s tactical nuclear weapons, including those based at sea, are stored centrally. If this fleet had actually been equipped with nuclear weapons, then Western secret services should actually have observed it.”
“There are crazy armaments projects like ‘Poseidon’, a nuclear underwater drone,” explains Sauer. The torpedo presented five years ago is capable of devastating entire coastal regions – through tsunamis and radioactivity. Now, for the first time, a submarine is to be equipped with it. “Even at the worst of the Cold War, you would have thought that was crazy,” says Sauer. “This rearmament has gone completely out of control in Russia.”