RUSSIA - Scrapping Nuclear Test Ban

Arno Froese

Russia is withdrawing its ratification of a landmark deal designed to prohibit nuclear testing. The Russian state duma carried out the first in a series of votes that will lead to the de-ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

The treaty, which opened for signature in 1996, is designed to stop the testing of all nuclear weapons. Arms control experts believe that ending nuclear weapons tests is an important way to prevent future arms races because it keeps nations from developing new kinds of nuclear weapons for their militaries. 

Russia has backed away from several Cold War-era nuclear treaties in recent years. First it violated a treaty that prohibited the development of intermediate-range nuclear missiles. More recently, it suspended its participation in the START agreement with the U.S., which limits the number of deployed nuclear weapons on each side.

“There is this tendency in the last couple of years that Russia wants to have everything the U.S. has,” says Andrey Baklitskiy, a senior researcher at the UN Institute for Disarmament Research in Geneva, Switzerland. 

But at the same time, Putin pointed out that Russia is developing new nuclear weapons, and that the nation may decide to test them. 

Russia is not alone in that regard, Lewis says: China has also been hard at work modernizing its nuclear testing facilities at Lop Nur. And the U.S. has also upgraded its test facilities in Nevada in recent years, though the American government remains adamant that it is not planning a return to nuclear testing.

-www.npr.org, 17 October 2023

Arno's Commentary

Particularly since the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, many nations the world over are rattling their sabers. Does that mean war? Not necessarily. However, as history has shown, war in most cases comes unexpectedly. Today, it seems more unlikely than before because of the deep industrial, economic, and trade cooperation between the nations of world. While the Western world in particular has implemented dozens of tariffs and boycotts against Russia, there is sufficient evidence that Russia’s international businesses—particularly oil and gas—are on the rise.

We are still at the time of which the prophet Joel spoke some 2,800 years ago: “Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up” (Joel 3:9).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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