On Sunday Russian state TV sent a 20 minute segment that prepared viewers for war against the United States over Syria. Meanwhile 300 US troops are being sent to bordering country Norway.
Russian state TV host Dmitry Kiselyov has a reputation for attacking the West.
Critics call him the "Kremlin's chief propagandist". And like many other top Russian officials, he is on the Western sanctions blacklist.
But the warning he delivered to Washington in last night's edition of his show News of the Week was, even for him, particularly dramatic. "Impudent behaviour" towards Russia may have "nuclear" consequences, he said, according to the BBC.
"A Russian takes a long time to harness a horse, but then rides fast," said the news anchor, quoting a famous Russian saying.
By "riding fast", Kiselyov was referring to a string of recent Russian military deployments:
Last week, Moscow sent three warships from the Black Sea Fleet to the Mediterranean: on board, cruise missiles that can carry nuclear warheads
Russia deployed nuclear-capable Iskander-M missiles into the Kaliningrad region bordering Poland
The Russians announced they would send 5,000 paratroopers to Egypt for military exercises
Moscow also suspended three nuclear agreements with the United States.
Mikhail Gorbachev has called the current state of relations between Russia and US the “collapse of mutual trust” and urged the sides to resume dialogue and push towards demilitarization and complete nuclear disarmament.
“I think the world has approached a dangerous threshold. I would prefer not to suggest any particular schemes, but I want to say: we need to stop. Dialogue should be resumed. Stopping the dialogue has been the biggest mistake. Now we must return to the main priorities, such as nuclear disarmament, fighting terrorism and prevention of global environmental disasters. Compared to these challenges everything else is a second priority,” Gorbachev said in an interview with RIA Novosti, according to RT.
The Norwegian Army is preparing to receive a fighting force of 300 US Marines at Værnes, according to Adresseavisen.
The US soldiers will be stationed at Værnes garrison in Trøndelag. It is a combat unit of the US Marine Corps.
Researcher John Christian Skogan at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs believes this could be construed as a base and that it will lead to reactions.
- This happens in a situation where relations between Russia and NATO is difficult. There is every reason to beware, he says to the newspaper.
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