Nobody wants a nuclear war
“Neither the United States nor Russia wants a nuclear war and Alaska can remain calm,” Puerto Rican researcher Gabriela Iveliz Rosa-Hernandez, of the Eurasia Department at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and a specialist in Russia’s military and conventional arms control, has told Sol de Medianoche.
Despite the proximity of Alaska, in the United States, to Siberia, in Russia, “neither of these two world powers, or NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), or of course the European Union or China, want a nuclear war, because it would lead irremediably to total destruction. Therefore, and despite the repeated threats of Russian President Vladimir Putin in this regard, there is not going to be one. At least, there will not be one under the present circumstances, and no one from any bloc will cross the “red lines” that would increase the existing tension between Russia and the West,” Puerto Rican researcher Gabriela Iveliz Rosa-Hernández, a member of the Eurasia Department at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, a graduate in national security and Eurasia, and a specialist in Russia’s military and conventional arms control, told Sol de Medianoche.
“The residents of the state of Alaska can rest assured despite its proximity to Russia,” adds Gabriela Iveliz Rosa-Hernandez, who has lived and studied in Russia, Latvia, Estonia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, and Belgium, among other countries.
Gabriela Iveliz Rosa-Hernandez is a member of the Arms Control Association of the United States, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization whose financial support comes from individual donors and a 12-month subscription to the monthly magazine Arms Control Today, which deals with arms nonproliferation and global security.
On Thursday, June 2, the Annual Meeting of the Arms Control Association, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of its founding “to promote public understanding and support for effective arms control policies,” will be held in Washington DC. At this “summit,” different ways out of the international crisis posed by the invasion of Ukraine will be studied. “A war that was posed as an easy and quick invasion, but that will last a long time, with the wear and tear that this implies,” comments Gabriela.
The Arms Control Association believes that “to reduce the risk of nuclear war and draw a strong distinction between Putin’s irresponsible nuclear threats and U.S. behavior, Biden should adjust U.S. declaratory policy by clarifying that the sole purpose of nuclear weapons is to deter others from using them for the first time. A single-purpose policy would rule out the use of nuclear weapons in a preemptive strike or in response to a non-nuclear attack against the United States or its allies, enhance strategic stability, and reduce the risk of nuclear war.”
“Putin will continue to order his air forces to fly very close to U.S. airspace off the coast of Alaska, as he has done repeatedly in the recent past. But he will not go a millimeter further. He won’t dare. And Biden will order U.S. fighters to go out to meet Russian fighters, to deter them from a hypothetical territorial violation. It’s like a game in which both sides test each other. Putin will continue to bring his military aircraft closer to Alaska, and Biden, for his part, will continue to watch and say: I see you.”