The fact that the Russians have become increasingly boastful about their tactical nuclear weapons, which are claimed to be more advanced than those possessed by the United States, has gained notice this week.
Pentagon has strongly retaliated over a Russian report that extolled the projected victory of Russia in a possible WWIII-like nuclear war scenario.
"Both in private and in public, the Russians are now making increasingly explicit references to their country's nuclear arsenal," Gideon Rachman from the Financial Times wrote in a piece Monday.
"The Russian president has indeed told an audience at home that outsiders should not 'mess with us', because 'Russia is one of the leading nuclear powers'," he said.
This comes after the Russian newspaper, PRAVDA – the Soviet mouthpiece during the cold war – ran an article headlined, "Russia Prepares Nuclear Surprise for NATO", which was no less than an official nuclear war threat to the West and the US in particular.
The propaganda the Russian news article published last week screamed that Russia has greater nuclear weapons than the United States. It said: "As for tactical nuclear weapons, the superiority of modern-day Russia over Nato is even stronger. The Americans are well aware of this. They were convinced before that Russia would never rise again. Now it is too late."
The report arbitrarily sought to prove, much to the disgrace and chagrin of Pentagon, that if World War III was indeed to erupt anytime, Russia's Vladimir Putin would win hands down.
It further claimed that Russia was able to amass the massive and invincible nuclear prowess as the United States was getting neglectful and ignorant having won the Cold War and possibly underestimating Russia's ability to promptly rise to glory.
The American government, in particular, has closed the possibility of developing high-precision long-range weapons that could annihilate impending threats without difficulty. But Russia, according to the newspaper, never stopped innovating and thinking ahead of time before it ultimately landed at a much more advanced position than its 'enemy'.
At this point, the Putin government has "long-range cruise missiles of a new generation that will soon be deployed on submarines of the Black Sea Fleet and missile ships of the Caspian Flotilla," PRAVDA said in its infamous article adding that Russia's tactical nuclear weapons are far more superior to that of NATO's.
It noted that NATO member countries have only 260 tactical weapons and the US has 200 bombs with an overall capacity of 18 megatons – located in various countries. France has 60 atomic bombs as outlined by the report but "Russia, according to conservative estimates, has 5,000 pieces of different classes" of tactical nuclear weapons "from Iskander warheads to torpedo, aerial and artillery warheads."