The confrontation between Russia and the West increased the risk of a “dirty bomb”


Discussion of the security threats that arise because of tensions between Russia and Western countries, took place at the meeting of the Luxembourg forum on preventing nuclear catastrophe, according to Reuters.

Former U.S. Secretary of defense William Perry said that he regretted the reduction of contacts between the US and Russia, which were frozen after the annexation of Crimea to Russia. According to him, the parties are close to recreating the conditions, “which almost led to a nuclear war during the cold war.

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, speaking via satellite, said he was alarmed by the increased willingness of many countries to use military force to resolve conflicts. He noted that as a result problems were solved, but was undermined by weakened international law and international relations.

Former Deputy foreign Minister Anatoly Adamishin argued that the United States focused on the policy of “strangling Russia” in the hope the departure from the political arena of President Vladimir Putin. According to him, the US should just review its policy in terms of reducing nuclear arsenals. “Russia and the United States are not natural-born enemies,” — said the diplomat.

The head of the forum Viatcheslav Moshe Kantor stressed that the threat of the use of a “dirty bomb” in a European city reached its highest level since the end of the cold war. According to him, the concerns are based on information about trying to create such weapons by the perpetrators of the attacks in Brussels and a low level of safety in the nuclear centers located in the territory of the former Soviet Union. Kantor called on Russia and USA to unite efforts and to use their technological resources to track the illegal movement of radioactive materials.