United States "playing nuclear chicken with Russia"

Helen Caldicott, the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize co-winner, has warned about the danger related to the decisions made during a recent NATO summit.

Source: Sputnik
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"The decisions reached at NATO are hardly believable considering current world politics and the state of play between Russia and the United States, both heavily armed nuclear nations… as they practice nuclear war exercises and ‘games’ adjacent to their respective borders," she told Sputnik.

The two-day summit in Warsaw on Friday and Saturday approved the deployment of four battalions on Russian borders, made up of about 4,000 troops.

"Surely, the politicians and military personnel in Washington must realize that they are playing nuclear chicken with Russia," said Caldicott, founding president of Physicians for Social Responsibility, and added:

"Large increases in NATO troops and equipment in countries once an integral part of the Soviet Union (and) anti-missile bases in Romania, Poland, Turkey and Spain, are extremely provocative to Russia which is clearly concerned for good reason."

Sputnik noted in its report that Caldicott is the author of numerous books, including "The New Nuclear Danger: George W. Bush’s Military Industrial Complex," and that the Smithsonian Institution named her "one of the most influential women of the 20th century."

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