Russia has started round-the-clock monitoring to detect nuclear tests from newly inaugurated facilities, the Interfax news agency reported on Monday, citing the Russian Defense Ministry.
“From July 1, 2022, in order to strengthen the defense capacity of our country, the alternating shifts of the Main Center for Geopolitical Monitoring will operate on a twenty-four hour basis” is stated in the announcement of the Ministry of Defense.
The center, which was inaugurated on June 1, is tasked with identifying “geophysical disturbances” caused by human interventions as well as nuclear explosions, Interfax reports.
Since Russia invaded Ukraine, relations between Moscow and the West have become extremely strained, with politicians in both Russia and the United States speaking publicly of the risk of a nuclear war.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said in February that he had put the country’s nuclear forces on high alert, citing what he called aggressive statements by NATO leaders and economic sanctions against Moscow.
Russia’s official military doctrine allows for the use of nuclear weapons if they or other weapons of mass destruction are used against it, or if Russia as a state faces an existential threat.