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According to the Pentagon, no change has been observed in Russia’s strategic nuclear forces despite recent provocative statements from Moscow. This announcement came following Russia’s statement on Monday of upcoming military exercises involving tactical nuclear weapons. These drills are said to be in response to perceived threats from France, Britain, and the United States.

Pentagon spokesman Major General Patrick Ryder said in a statement, “We’ve not seen any change in their strategic force posture. Obviously, we’ll continue to monitor.” 

Russia’s upcoming military drills will include missile forces from its Southern Military District and elements of its navy and aviation exercises. As stated by the Russian Defense Ministry, these drills are intended to safeguard Russia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. 

Adding to the narrative, Russia’s Foreign Ministry described the exercises as a deterrent against what it views as aggressive overtures by Western nations, particularly those pushing for direct military confrontation between NATO and Russia. The ministry claimed that their goal was to cool off the”hotheads” in the West.

General Ryder criticized Russia’s statements, labeling them “irresponsible rhetoric” that is “completely inappropriate, given the current security situation.” 


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