The Russian government has begun preparations to ensure its citizens are properly prepared for the event of a nuclear, chemical or biological attack from the West.
As relations between the West and Russia continue to deteriorate the country’s used the Defence Ministry-run Zvezda TV station to announce last week that: “Schizophrenics from America are sharpening nuclear weapons for Moscow.”
In an exercise that will last three days 200,000 emergency personnel will rehearse radiation, chemical and biological protection of the personnel and population during staged emergencies at crucial facilities.
The staged attack is being run by the Ministry for Civil Defence, Emergencies and the Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters (EMERCOM).
EMERCOM has also announced plans to build underground bunkers beneath Moscow to protect 100 per cent of the city’s population from nuclear fallout, The Independent reports.
In a statement on their website EMERCOM said:
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 centres and sanitation posts at the emergency areas, while laboratory control networks are going to be put on standby.
Relations between the West and Russia took another hit this week after President Vladimir Putin suspended an agreement with the U.S. that disposed of weapons-grade plutonium.
The Kremlin is also allegedly looking to boost its nuclear capabilities to outweigh the superior firepower of the U.S despite agreements to reduce stocks of nukes.