October 01, 1996

On Moscow's Orders

“In 1967-8, Captain Nikolai Shashkov (pictured above), commander of a submarine carrying nuclear warheads, had a mission in what was then the most troubled region of the planet, the eastern Mediterranean, scene of the Arab-Israeli conflict. It was no secret that the USSR gave not only moral, but also military support to its Arab allies.

“I have no doubt whatsoever that Captain Shashkov would have carried out any order from Command if this local conflict had grown to global proportions. That was the reality of the time, the reality of Cold War and the opposition of military blocs. And I hope that we have finally departed from such a balance on the thin line between war and peace.”

– Fleet Admiral Vladimir Chernavin, President of the Union of Submariners

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