Mike Curtiss (18
"Russia Warns of
Russian military chief warns of nuclear war risks
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MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is facing a heightened risk of being drawn
into conflicts at its borders that have the potential of turning
nuclear, the nation's top military officer said Thursday.
Gen. Nikolai Makarov, chief of the General Staff of the Russian
armed forces, cautioned over NATO's expansion eastward and
warned that the risks of Russia being pulled into local
conflicts have "risen sharply."
Makarov added, according to Russian news agencies, that "under
certain conditions local and regional conflicts may develop into
a full-scale war involving nuclear weapons."
A steady decline in Russia's conventional forces has prompted
the Kremlin to rely increasingly on its nuclear deterrent.
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