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Mark Almond: The good news is that Putin can’t start WW3 just by jabbing a button on his desk


Vladimir Putin could not be clearer. ‘I am not bluffing,’ he said, in relation to his threat to go nuclear. But is he? And does it automatically follow that Armageddon would unfold if Putin launched the first nuclear bombs the world has seen since 1945?

The good news is that Putin can’t start World War III by simply jabbing a red button on his desk in the Kremlin. If he decides to launch an attack, the order has to go through at least three layers of checks put in place to prevent the accidental or unauthorised launch of nuclear missiles.

Before reaching the nuclear silos, mobile launch sites and submarines, his command would go via three men: Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, Chief of Staff Valery Gerasimov and the head of the Russian nuclear rocket forces, Sergei Karakayev.

Even after travelling down this chain of command, the launches would not follow instantly.

Unless there has been a change in the standard protocols since Russia invaded Ukraine, there would be a…



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