Vladimir Putin seems intent on threatening the West with nuclear war.
What’s bizarre is Washington and its allies are helping him.
The Russian dictator just proclaimed he may station nuclear bombs in Belarus.
The US intelligence community assessed in February that Moscow had “increased its reliance on nuclear weapons” following its invasion of Ukraine and would further expand its atomic capabilities.
Next, Putin killed the last remaining US-Russia nuclear-arms-control treaty and increased Moscow’s nuclear readiness.
Amid mounting losses in Ukraine, Putin has also threatened to use nuclear weapons.
What’s been Washington’s response?
To object to each of these actions rhetorically but insist on buying billions in nuclear goods from Rosatom, the entity responsible for developing and producing Russia’s nuclear arsenal.
Each year, Europe and the United States buy roughly $1 billion of civilian nuclear goods and services directly from Rosatom.
Hungary, Bulgaria and France are quite busy trading with the Russian conglomerate.
US uranium mining and enrichment is not the cheapest or most available, and that is why America buys Russian. US nuclear utilities purchase 14% of the enriched uranium they need to fuel their reactors from Rosatom.
This is disturbing, but it gets worse.
The US intelligence community recently warned, “Russia is expanding and modernizing its large, diverse, and modern set of nonstrategic systems, which are capable of delivering nuclear or conventional warheads.”