The Russian Foreign Ministry assured that the use of nuclear weapons would be justified in case of being the target of a hypothetical attack by foreign powers that would endanger its existence.
According to the Russian diplomatic portfolio in a statement, the country’s nuclear protocol stipulates that the hypothetical use of atomic weapons would in any case be for defensive purposes and in response to attacks “by weapons of mass destruction or aggression with the use of conventional weapons.” ” endanger their very existence as a State.
“Russian doctrinal approaches in this regard are defined with the utmost precision” and do not give rise to “an expansive interpretation,” Moscow noted. He also stressed that his Army is “strictly and consistently guided by the principle that there can be no winners in a nuclear war and it should never be unleashed.”
Thus, Russia maintained that, as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and as one of the planet’s nuclear powers, it has a “special responsibility” to strengthen international security and stability.
“We call on the rest of the five nuclear-armed countries to demonstrate in practice their willingness to work to solve this priority task and abandon dangerous attempts to infringe on the vital interests of others, staying out of direct armed conflict and to encourage provocations with weapons of mass destruction,” reads the statement.
This statement from Moscow comes in a context marked by Russia’s accusations about the possible use of a dirty bomb by Ukrainesomething that the United States and a large part of the international community have interpreted rather as the prelude to a false flag attack by Russian troops.
The Joe Biden administration said on Wednesday it was growing concerned about the possibility of Russia using nuclear weapons in Ukraine, following a news report that senior Russian military officials had recently discussed that option.
“We are increasingly concerned about that possibility as these months have passed,” he acknowledged to journalists. John KirbyWhite House Homeland Security spokesman.
Kirby did not confirm a newspaper report New York Times which maintains that high-ranking Russian military officials recently discussed when and how they might use tactical nuclear weapons on the battlefield.
The report, which cites unnamed US officials, notes that Putin did not participate in the discussions and that there was no indication that the army of that country had decided to deploy those weapons.
Kirby called any comment on Russia’s use of nuclear weapons “deeply troubling” and assured that America takes them seriously.
He also evoked recent comments by Putin alluding to nuclear weapons and the atomic bombs the United States dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki near the end of World War II.
However, Kirby assured that Washington sees no signs Russia is making preparations to use nuclear weaponsadding that US intelligence services do not necessarily see or know everything.
Western countries accuse Russia of using the threat of nuclear war to dissuade them from supporting Ukraine in the face of an invasion launched by Moscow in late February.
On Tuesday, the former Russian president and current number two of the Security Council, Dmitry Medvedevstated that Ukraine’s intention to recover all the occupied territories, including Crimea or Donbas, “threatens the existence of our state” and offers “a direct reason” to use “nuclear deterrence”.
Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskovsaid Wednesday that the Western media is “deliberately inflating the issue of the use of nuclear weapons.”
Moscow “has not the slightest intention of participating in this,” he said, calling the report of the Times of “very irresponsible”.
With information from Europa Press and AFP