The Georgian authorities have taken steps to prepare for a potential nuclear war in response to the current challenges facing the region, according to Grigol Liluashvili, the head of the country’s State Security Service. Speaking at a press conference, Liluashvili acknowledged that the existing challenges could involve the use of nuclear weapons, although he clarified that he did not believe Georgia itself would be the target. However, he did not provide specific details on the geopolitical challenges he was referring to.
Liluashvili emphasized that the government has developed a special plan to be implemented in the event of a nuclear war. This plan includes scenarios and action plans for each department involved. For instance, the Health Ministry has already compiled a list of medications that would be distributed to the population in case of a nuclear conflict. They have also established an algorithm for emergency medical care for victims. Liluashvili noted that the country’s experience dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic has allowed them to gain extensive knowledge in this area, which can now be applied to a potential nuclear war.
However, Liluashvili also acknowledged that shelters would provide little protection in the event of a direct nuclear strike on Georgia. In light of this, he stressed the importance of pursuing a moderate and pragmatic policy both within the country and abroad. This implies that diplomatic efforts and international cooperation are essential in preventing nuclear confrontations.
Liluashvili’s comments come at a time when reports emerged of the United States conducting an underground nuclear test in Nevada. The test, involving chemical high-explosives and radiotracers, was confirmed by the US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. This development coincided with Russia’s decision to withdraw from the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) of 1996. However, Russia’s envoy to the UN in Vienna clarified that they would maintain an unofficial moratorium on nuclear testing unless forced to do otherwise.
Russian President Vladimir Putin had previously stated that Russia would follow suit and resume nuclear testing if the US were to do so. This underscores the delicate balance of nuclear power and the potential for a nuclear arms race if one country decides to resume testing.
In conclusion, Georgia is taking precautions and developing plans to address the potential threat of a nuclear war in the region. The government is aware of the limitations of physical shelters and emphasizes the importance of diplomatic efforts to prevent such a confrontation. As the international landscape continues to evolve, maintaining agreements and cooperation on nuclear non-proliferation becomes crucial in ensuring global security.