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    US and Ukraine joint production of weapons would seriously boost the risk of nuclear war between the United States and Russia, global peace campaigner Helen Caldicott told Sputnik.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Last week, Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States Valeriy Chaly proposed that Kiev and Washington should cooperate in producing weapons on Ukraine soil.

    "The sheer act of placing US-Ukrainian production of lethal weapons on Ukrainian soil will lead to increasing animosity and tension between the two nuclear superpowers," Caldicott, founding president of Physicians for Social Responsibility and co-winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize, warned.

    However, Caldicott said she was concerned that the proposal, while politely acknowledged, had not received widespread thorough and skeptical examination in the mainstream US media and from Obama administration policymakers.

    "It is almost as if Washington wants to provoke a nuclear war with Russia without any emotional and rational comprehension of what these actions could accrue."

    Caldicott said that unless US policymakers started to take a far more rigorous and responsible attitude towards rash suggestions that were proposed to them, the dangers of a future miscalculation leading to full scale war between the thermonuclear powers would grow alarmingly.

    "I fear very much for the future and that of our children globally."

    Caldicott is the author of many other books, including "The New Nuclear Danger: George W. Bush’s Military Industrial Complex" and "War in Heaven: The Arms Race in Outer Space."

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