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WW3 ALERT: Russia says US is now MORE likely than ever to use a nuclear bomb

THE chance of a nuclear war between Russia and the United States has drastically increased after Washington revealed plans to upgrade its atomic arsenal, senior Kremlin officials have warned.


America’s National Nuclear Security Administration gave the green light this week for a major, multi-billion dollar upgrade of the B61 airborne nuclear bomb.

The scheme, which critics say could cost up to $1trillion (£750billion), will modernise Washington’s stockpile of nuclear warheads.

But two high-ranking Russian officials have issued a stark warning that the upgrades raise the chances of a nuclear apocalypse.

They say the project will greatly increase the “temptation” among Pentgaon chiefs to use the weapons.

Sergey Ryabkov, deputy head of the foreign ministry, claimed the new upgraded American warheads would be significantly less powerful.

As a result, Pentagon chiefs would be more willing to use the device as they would have a less catastrophic impact, he argued.

Mr Ryabkov said: “We were discussing this as soon as the plans appeared about creating something that according to the information that has been made publicly available has greater precision, but is not as powerful as other existing weapons within the US arsenal.

“This means that the armaments threshold could in theory have been lowered, which of course will destabilise the situation to a certain extent.”

Mikhail Ulyanov, the head of the ministry’s department on arms control, added: “It is no coincidence that


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