TODAY'S BIG THREAT
RUSSIA has built massive nuclear bunkers capable of providing shelter to Moscow's 12 million people as Vladimir Putin gears up for a devastating nuclear war with the West.
Oct 4, 2016
The US has accused the former Soviets of launching airstrikes on the Syrian city of Aleppo to prop up President Bashar al-Assad, which have led to the death of thousands of civilians and reduced the city to rubble.
Ruthless Putin has refused to accept responsibility for the airstrikes, which the US has condemned as a violation of international law.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that a US intervention against the Syrian army "will lead to terrible, tectonic consequences not only on the territory of this country but also in the region on the whole”.
Tensions are now at an all-time high as Moscow attracted international condemnation after bombing in eastern Aleppo wiped out one of the city's largest hospitals in what doctors describe as "deliberate and targeted attacks"
Washington is said to be currently "reviewing options" about how to respond to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Syria.
But Russian media is warning its citizens that "schizophrenics from America are sharpening nuclear weapons for Moscow", according to a headline on defence ministry TV channel, Zvezda.
US Secretary of State John Kerry previously struck a ceasefire deal with the Kremlin, which called for a ban on Russian airstrikes, the joint provision of humanitarian aid and coordinated attacks on ISIS.
But US helicopters carrying a humanitarian convoy to Aleppo were bombed by Russian aircraft after just one week.
Andrew S Weiss, former White House expert of Russia, said: “Cooperation over Syria was the Obama administration’s last and best shot for arresting the downward spiral in the bilateral relationship with Russia.”
He added: “The mistrust and hostility toward the United States by the Russian leadership is real and growing. It is going to be the driving force behind Russian external behaviour for many years to come.”
A war between the US and Russia could prove catastrophic as Russia has more nuclear weapons than the US, with 8,400 warheads, compared to America's stockpile of 7,500.
Last month, Putin allegedly ordered a 400-square mile facility to be carved into a secluded region of the Ural mountains, from which he could direct the nuclear conflict.
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