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UK would be ‘wiped out’ in war with Putin warns official

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4442886/UK-wiped-war-Putin-warns-official.htmlBritain would be ‘literally wiped out’ if it entered a nuclear war with Vladimir Putin, a Russian senator has warned.

Retired colonel Frants Klintsevich was responding to comments from Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon that ‘in the most extreme circumstances, we have made it very clear that you can’t rule out the use of nuclear weapons as a first strike’.

Britain would be ‘literally wiped out’ if it entered a nuclear war with Vladimir Putin, according to Russian senator Frants Klintsevich

 

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Sweden updates hundreds of nuclear bunkers amid fears of new Cold War with Russia

Sweden is set to bring hundreds of Cold War-era nuclear bunkers out of mothballs as tensions with Russia in the Baltic are ratcheted up another notch.  The news comes as the Swedish parliament held its first war game in 20 years. The Speaker of Parliament, Urban Ahlin, said: ‘These are secret scenarios…you were exposed to pressure. After the fall of the Soviet Union those fears diminished and most of the bunkers were mothballed.

By Afp and Mail Online Reporter

Published: 11:24 EDT, 21 March 2017 | Updated: 13:20 EDT, 21 March 2017

Sweden is set to bring hundreds of Cold War-era nuclear bunkers out of mothballs as tensions with Russia in the Baltic are ratcheted up another notch.

The news comes as the Swedish parliament held its first war game in 20 years.

More than 60,000 nuclear bunkers were established after 1945 to protect Swedes in the event of a nuclear attack by the Soviet Union.

Although Sweden has always remained neutral and never developed nuclear weapons of its own, Stockholm always feared an attack by Moscow.

After the fall of the Soviet Union those fears diminished and most of the bunkers were mothballed.

But now, with President Putin rattling his sabres and cranking up Russia’s military build-up around the Baltic – especially in the Kaliningrad enclave – Sweden’s Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) has decided to carry out a review of the bunkers.

dailymail.co.ukSweden, which is not a NATO member, is also reintroducing military service, which was scrapped in 2010.

Sweden is growing increasingly worried about Russia’s military build-up. In the event of a war Sweden’s iron ore resources and its strategic position on the Baltic would be crucial

The bunkers are marked with the distinctive orange and blue logo of the MSB

The island’s bunkers have room for more than 30,000 people, although Gotland’s population is around twice that figure.

The nuclear bunkers were built of thick concrete and are designed to withstand nuclear blasts. This one at Pionen has already been converted into a data centre and ironically holds some of WikiLeaks’ servers

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