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'Schizophrenics from America are sharpening nuclear weapons for Moscow,' says Russian government-run TV network

Published 05/10/2016

Russian Su-27 jet fighters and MIG 29 jet fighters fly over Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Russian Su-27 jet fighters and MIG 29 jet fighters fly over Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Russian servicewomen march at Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9, 2016. Russia marks the 71st anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. AFP/Getty Images
Russian servicemen march at Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9, 2016. Russia marks the 71st anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. / AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEVKIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images
Russian soldiers march during the Victory Day parade (AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, stands with WWII veterans during the Victory Day military parade marking 71 years after the victory in WWII in Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Monday, May 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during the Victory Day military parade at Red Square in Moscow on May 9, 2016. Russia marks the 71st anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. / AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEVKIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images
Russian servicemen march at Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9, 2016. Russia marks the 71st anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. / AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEVKIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images
Russian soldiers march during the Victory Day military parade marking 71 years after the victory in WWII in Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Monday, May 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Russian servicemen march at Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9, 2016. Russia marks the 71st anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. / AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEVKIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images
Russian T-14 Armata tanks roll at Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9, 2016. Russia marks the 71st anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. / AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEVKIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images
Russian servicewomen march at Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9, 2016. Russia marks the 71st anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. / AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEVKIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images
Russian soldiers march during the Victory Day military parade marking 71 years after the victory in WWII in Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Monday, May 9, 2016. In the back is the State Historical Museum. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Russian Su-27 jet fighters and MIG 29 jet fighters fly over Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9, 2016. Russia marks the 71st anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. / AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEVKIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images
Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) attends the Victory Day military parade at Red Square in Moscow on May 9, 2016. Russia marks the 71st anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. / AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEVKIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images
A Russian military band performs at Red Square during the Victory Day parade in Moscow on May 9, 2016. Russia marks the 71st anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. / AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEVKIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images
Russian soldiers march during the Victory Day military parade marking 71 years after the victory in WWII in Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Monday, May 9, 2016. In the back is the State Historical Museum. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Russian BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles roll at Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9, 2016. Russia marks the 71st anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. / AFP PHOTO / VASILY MAXIMOVVASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images
A Russian Buk-M2 surface-to-air missile system rolls at Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9, 2016. Russia marks the 71st anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. / AFP PHOTO / VASILY MAXIMOVVASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images
An elderly WWII veteran walks with flowers past soldiers of the National Guard of Ukraine, who are lined up to maintain order at the Unknown Soldier monument in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev on May 9, 2016, during Victory Day celebrations to commemorate the former Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany. / AFP PHOTO / GENYA SAVILOVGENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images
Kyrgyz servicemen march at the Eternal Flame monument during Victory Day celebrations in Bishkek on May 9, 2016. Kyrgyzstan marks the 71st anniversary of the Allied victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. / AFP PHOTO / VYACHESLAV OSELEDKOVYACHESLAV OSELEDKO/AFP/Getty Images
Kyrgyz honour guard soldiers lay a wreath at the Eternal Flame monument during Victory Day celebrations in Bishkek on May 9, 2016. Kyrgyzstan marks the 71st anniversary of the Allied victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. / AFP PHOTO / VYACHESLAV OSELEDKOVYACHESLAV OSELEDKO/AFP/Getty Images
Ukrainian activists, surrounded by riot police hold nationalists flag and shout slogans next to the Unknown Soldier monument in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev on May 9, 2014 during celebration of the Victory Day. / AFP PHOTO / GENYA SAVILOVGENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images
Ukrainian activists, surrounded by riot police hold nationalists flag and shout slogans next to the Unknown Soldier monument in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev on May 9, 2014 during celebration of the Victory Day. / AFP PHOTO / GENYA SAVILOVGENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images
Crimea's Chief Prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya (C) carries an icon with a portrait of the last Russian tsar Nicholas II as she takes part in the Immortal Regiment march during the Victory Day celebrations in Simferopol, Crimea, on May 9, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Max VetrovMAX VETROV/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - Russian servicemen march at Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9, 2016. Russia marks the 71st anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. / AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEVKIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images
Members of a military band take a selfie picture at the Unknown Soldier Tomb memorial in Tbilisi on May 9, 2016, during Victory Day celebrations. Georgia and and ex-Soviet republics mark the 71st anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. / AFP PHOTO / Vano ShlamovVANO SHLAMOV/AFP/Getty Images
Russian President Vladimir Putin (3rd L) and Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev (2nd L) attend the Victory Day military parade at Red Square in Moscow on May 9, 2016. Russia marks the 71st anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. / AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEVKIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images
Veterans and other people attend festivities as Latvia's large Russian minority gathered to mark the 71st anniversary of the end of the Second World War during Victory Day celebrations at the Soviet Victory Monument in Riga, Latvia, on May 9, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Ilmars ZnotinsILMARS ZNOTINS/AFP/Getty Images
Veterans and other people attend festivities as Latvia's large Russian minority gathered to mark the 71st anniversary of the end of the Second World War during Victory Day celebrations at the Soviet Victory Monument in Riga, Latvia, on May 9, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Ilmars ZnotinsILMARS ZNOTINS/AFP/Getty Images
An old photograph sticks between flowers laid down at the Soviet Victory Monument in Riga on May 9, 2016, as Latvia's large Russian minority gathered to mark the 71st anniversary of the end of the Second World War during Victory Day celebrations. / AFP PHOTO / Ilmars ZnotinsILMARS ZNOTINS/AFP/Getty Images
Russian servicemen march at Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9, 2016. Russia marks the 71st anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. / AFP PHOTO / VASILY MAXIMOVVASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images
Veterans and other people attend festivities as Latvia's large Russian minority gathered to mark the 71st anniversary of the end of the Second World War during Victory Day celebrations at the Soviet Victory Monument in Riga, Latvia, on May 9, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Ilmars ZnotinsILMARS ZNOTINS/AFP/Getty Images
A veteran attends festivities as Latvia's large Russian minority gathered to mark the 71st anniversary of the end of the Second World War during Victory Day celebrations at the Soviet Victory Monument in Riga, Latvia, on May 9, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Ilmars ZnotinsILMARS ZNOTINS/AFP/Getty Images
Russian military planes fly over Red Square during the Victory Day military parade marking 71 years after the victory in WWII in Moscow, Russia, Monday, May 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Tupolev Tu-22M3 Backfire strategic bombers fly over Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9, 2016. Russia marks the 71st anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. / AFP PHOTO / VASILY MAXIMOVVASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images
Russian T-90A tanks roll at Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9, 2016. Russia marks the 71st anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. / AFP PHOTO / VASILY MAXIMOVVASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images
Russian Su-25 assault aircrafts release smoke in the colours of the Russian flag while flying over Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9, 2016. Russia marks the 71st anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. / AFP PHOTO / VASILY MAXIMOVVASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images
Russian servicemen take part in the Victory Day military parade at Red Square in Moscow on May 9, 2016. Russia marks the 71st anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. / AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEVKIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images
World War Two veterans wait before watching the Victory Day military parade at Red Square in Moscow on May 9, 2016. Russia marks the 71st anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. / AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEVKIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images
Russian servicemen march at Red Square before the start of the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9, 2016. Russia marks the 71st anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. / AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEVKIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images
A boy with toy-mashinegun holds a flag of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic during the Victory Day parade in Donetsk on May 9, 2016. Tanks and rocket systems rolled through the rebel bastion of Donetsk in east Ukraine on May 9 as pro-Russian insurgents celebrated the 71th anniversary of the Soviet win over Nazi Germany in WWII. Monitors from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) warned ahead of the parade that a display of military equipment would violate the 2015 agreement and pose a "threat to people". / AFP PHOTO / Aleksey FilippovALEKSEY FILIPPOV/AFP/Getty Images
People attend the Victory Day parade of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic in Donetsk on May 9, 2016. Tanks and rocket systems rolled through the rebel bastion of Donetsk in east Ukraine on May 9 as pro-Russian insurgents celebrated the 71th anniversary of the Soviet win over Nazi Germany in WWII. Monitors from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) warned ahead of the parade that a display of military equipment would violate the 2015 agreement and pose a "threat to people". / AFP PHOTO / Aleksey FilippovALEKSEY FILIPPOV/AFP/Getty Images
People take part in the Immortal Regiment march during the Victory Day parade of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic in Donetsk on May 9, 2016. Tanks and rocket systems rolled through the rebel bastion of Donetsk in east Ukraine on May 9 as pro-Russian insurgents celebrated the 71th anniversary of the Soviet win over Nazi Germany in WWII. Monitors from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) warned ahead of the parade that a display of military equipment would violate the 2015 agreement and pose a "threat to people". / AFP PHOTO / Aleksey FilippovALEKSEY FILIPPOV/AFP/Getty Images
Grad rocket launchers of pro-Russian separatists of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic ride during the Victory Day parade in Donetsk on May 9, 2016. Tanks and rocket systems rolled through the rebel bastion of Donetsk in east Ukraine on May 9 as pro-Russian insurgents celebrated the 71th anniversary of the Soviet win over Nazi Germany in WWII. Monitors from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) warned ahead of the parade that a display of military equipment would violate the 2015 agreement and pose a "threat to people". / AFP PHOTO / Aleksey FilippovALEKSEY FILIPPOV/AFP/Getty Images
Pro-Russian separatists of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic march during the Victory Day parade in Donetsk on May 9, 2016. Tanks and rocket systems rolled through the rebel bastion of Donetsk in east Ukraine on May 9 as pro-Russian insurgents celebrated the 71th anniversary of the Soviet win over Nazi Germany in WWII. Monitors from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) warned ahead of the parade that a display of military equipment would violate the 2015 agreement and pose a "threat to people". / AFP PHOTO / Aleksey FilippovALEKSEY FILIPPOV/AFP/Getty Images
Tanks of Pro-Russian separatists of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic ride during the Victory Day parade in Donetsk on May 9, 2016. Tanks and rocket systems rolled through the rebel bastion of Donetsk in east Ukraine on May 9 as pro-Russian insurgents celebrated the 71th anniversary of the Soviet win over Nazi Germany in WWII. Monitors from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) warned ahead of the parade that a display of military equipment would violate the 2015 agreement and pose a "threat to people". / AFP PHOTO / Aleksey FilippovALEKSEY FILIPPOV/AFP/Getty Images
Pro-Russian separatists of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic sit atop an APC during the Victory Day parade in Donetsk on May 9, 2016. Tanks and rocket systems rolled through the rebel bastion of Donetsk in east Ukraine on May 9 as pro-Russian insurgents celebrated the 71th anniversary of the Soviet win over Nazi Germany in WWII. Monitors from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) warned ahead of the parade that a display of military equipment would violate the 2015 agreement and pose a "threat to people". / AFP PHOTO / Aleksey FilippovALEKSEY FILIPPOV/AFP/Getty Images
A woman pushes a go-cart next to a Grad rocket launcher of pro-Russian separatists of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic during the Victory Day parade in Donetsk on May 9, 2016. Tanks and rocket systems rolled through the rebel bastion of Donetsk in east Ukraine on May 9 as pro-Russian insurgents celebrated the 71th anniversary of the Soviet win over Nazi Germany in WWII. Monitors from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) warned ahead of the parade that a display of military equipment would violate the 2015 agreement and pose a "threat to people". / AFP PHOTO / Aleksey FilippovALEKSEY FILIPPOV/AFP/Getty Images
Grad rocket launchers of pro-Russian separatists of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic ride during the Victory Day parade in Donetsk on May 9, 2016. Tanks and rocket systems rolled through the rebel bastion of Donetsk in east Ukraine on May 9 as pro-Russian insurgents celebrated the 71th anniversary of the Soviet win over Nazi Germany in WWII. Monitors from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) warned ahead of the parade that a display of military equipment would violate the 2015 agreement and pose a "threat to people". / AFP PHOTO / Aleksey FilippovALEKSEY FILIPPOV/AFP/Getty Images
An elderly WWII veteran and a girl walk with flowers past soldiers of the National Guard of Ukraine, who are lined up to maintain order at the Unknown Soldier monument in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev on May 9, 2016, during Victory Day celebrations to commemorate the former Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. / AFP PHOTO / GENYA SAVILOVGENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images
A Chechen boy dressed in a WWII era Soviet uniform, marches with a red flag, with a sign reading May 9, during Victory Day celebrations in Chechnya's provincial capital Grozny, Russia, Monday, May 9, 2016. Russia celebrates the 71st anniversary of the victory over the Nazi Germany in the World War II on Monday. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev)
A woman dressed in a Soviet military uniform holds placards in front of the soldiers of the National Guard of Ukraine, who are lined up to maintain order in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev on May 9, 2016, during Victory Day celebrations to commemorate the former Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. / AFP PHOTO / GENYA SAVILOVGENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images
People hold portraits of their relatives and participants during the Immortal Regiment march in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev on May 9, 2016, during Victory Day celebrations to commemorate the former Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. / AFP PHOTO / GENYA SAVILOVGENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images
People hold portraits of their relatives and participants during the Immortal Regiment march in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev on May 9, 2016, during Victory Day celebrations to commemorate the former Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. / AFP PHOTO / GENYA SAVILOVGENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images
A girl wearing a bow in the colors of the Russian flag attends the Immortal Regiment march in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev on May 9, 2016, during Victory Day celebrations to commemorate the former Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. / AFP PHOTO / GENYA SAVILOVGENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images

The Russian government has launched a nationwide civil defence training exercise to ensure the country is properly prepared in the event of a nuclear, chemical and biological attack from the West.

Amid growing international tensions, particularly over Russia's conduct in Syria, the Defence Ministry-run Zvezda TV network announced last week: "Schizophrenics from America are sharpening nuclear weapons for Moscow."

Lasting three days, the exercise bing run by the Ministry for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters (EMERCOM) will involve 200,000 emergency personnel and the co-operation of 40 million civilians.

EMERCOM stated on its website: "The drill will rehearse radiation, chemical and biological protection of the personnel and population during emergencies at crucial and potentially dangerous facilities.

"Fire safety, civil defence and human protection at social institutions and public buildings are also planned to be checked.

"Response units will deploy radiation, chemical and biological monitoring centers and sanitation posts at the emergency areas, while laboratory control networks are going to be put on standby."

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Putin puts nuclear chief in charge of Kremlin domestic policy  

Relations between Russia and the West continue to deteriorate with Vladimir Putin suspending an agreement with the US over the disposal of surplus weapons-grade plutonium, BBC reports.

Under the 2000 Plutonium Disposition Pact, both sides were told to get rid of 34 tonnes of surplus nuclear material by burning it in reactors.

In addition to the nationwide exercise, EMERCOM has announced its intention to build underground facilities beneath Moscow to shield 100 per cent of the capital's population from a nuclear attack.

Russia is currently modernising its nuclear arsenal by introducing a new genration of long-range nuclear bombers, truck-mounted ballistic missiles and nuclear-armed submarines, Time reports.

Despite bilateral agreements to reduce stocks of long-rangle nuclear weapons, the Kremlin is reportedly looking to boost its nuclear capabilities to outweigh the superior firepower of the US.

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