Going Ballistic: Did Russia and the US nearly start a nuclear war by accident last weekend?

Reports of a near disaster due to lack of communication between Moscow and Washington over routine military drills have been greatly exaggerated.

A missile alarm went off at a US base in Germany on Saturday, during a drill run by Russian strategic nuclear forces. This was breathlessly reported by CNN, quoting unnamed sources, as a frighteningly close shave with Armageddon.

According to CNN’sΒ sources, the warning, triggered at Ramstein Air Base (the largest US Air Force base in Europe), and β€œresulted in several minutes of uncertainty and alarm until an all-clear was sounded.”


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