Nuclear Specter Returns 'Threat of War Is Higher than in the Cold War'

The Ukraine crisis has dramatically worsened relations between NATO and Russia. With cooperation on nuclear security now suspended and the lack of a "red telephone," experts at the Munich Security Conference warn any escalation in tensions could grow deadly.
B-61 atomic bombs: The Ukraine crisis has increased the risk of a nuclear confrontation between Russia and the West.

B-61 atomic bombs: The Ukraine crisis has increased the risk of a nuclear confrontation between Russia and the West.

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US General Philip Breedlove, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, is calling for a new "red telephone" with Moscow.

US General Philip Breedlove, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, is calling for a new "red telephone" with Moscow.

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British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon (left) and US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (right) view Russian aggression as a direct threat to NATO.

British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon (left) and US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (right) view Russian aggression as a direct threat to NATO.

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Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan