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Putin displays deadly ‘nuclear briefcases’ during China visit, grim warning to West | World | News

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Vladimir Putin sent a new threatening message to the West by publicly showing his nuclear briefcases in China.

Two naval officers carrying the codes allowing Putin to attack the West rushed to the Russian dictator as he left the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

This followed talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and he was also filmed heading to another meeting with the officers present.

These images come as Putin has suffered major setbacks in the war in Ukraine due to new long-range ATACMS (Army Tactical Missile System) missiles supplied by the United States.

The ballistic missiles are 13 feet tall and 24 inches in diameter, and longer-range variants can fly up to 190 miles.

Some will see him displaying the briefcases – used to launch his hypersonic nuclear arsenal – as a sign of his paranoia. Unusually, Russian state media have boasted about Putin’s nuclear codes, which always accompany him on his tours.

“There are certain suitcases without which no Putin trip is complete,” the official RIA news agency said in an article on Telegram.

The American equivalent is known as the president’s “nuclear football.”

The Russian naval officer who carries the key case is known as “Cheget”, named after Mount Cheget in the Caucasus range.

Putin is making a rare foreign visit to China, only his second foreign trip outside the former USSR since he started war with Ukraine in February 2022.

For Putin to launch a nuclear strike against the West, it is believed that he and two others would have to give the order one after the other.

The other two are Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and the head of the armed forces, General Valery Gerasimov.

Footage broadcast by Russian TV channel Zvezda in 2019 showed what it said was one of the briefcases with a series of buttons.

In a section called “command” there are two buttons: a white “launch” button and a red “cancel” button.

The briefcase is activated by a special flashcard, according to Zvezda.

ATACMS missiles were used to cause significant damage to two Russian-occupied airfields in Berdyansk and Luhansk.

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