Russia reveals that it would use nuclear weapons, only in case of “existential threat”


Dmitry Peskov assured that the military doctrine in Russia establishes the use of nuclear weapons only in extreme cases.

Dmitry Peskov assured that the military doctrine in Russia establishes the use of nuclear weapons only in extreme cases.

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After the warning from different voices about the possible use of nuclear weapons by Russia, the Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, repeatedly refused to dismiss this idea, but with one exception, in case of an 鈥渆xistential threat鈥.

In an interview with Christiane Amanpour of the news network CNN International, Peskov confessed that only under certain conditions would such a response be justified. President Vladimir Putin鈥檚 spokesman said 鈥渋f it is an existential threat to our country, then it can be.鈥. However, he avoided further details.

Peskov admitted that Putin has not yet achieved his goals in Ukraine, almost a month after the invasion, But he said that the Russian war 鈥減roceeds strictly according to the plans and purposes that were established beforehand.鈥

The comments come hours after a senior Pentagon official said Russia has lost more than 10% of the forces it sent to Ukraine.

According to a BBC report, it is estimated that Russia has some 2,000 tactical nuclear weapons, that is, small devices that can be incorporated into missiles that are normally used to launch conventional bombs.

They can even be fired like artillery shells on a battlefield.

The foregoing without forgetting the development of nuclear weapons for aircraft and ships, with torpedoes and depth charges to target submarines.

The concern of the international community is that Russia might be willing to use smaller tactical weapons instead of larger strategic missiles.

Various analysts say that the alleged use of nuclear weapons is more of a rhetoric to create a sense of fear.

Even US intelligence sees the speech as a dedicated signal to the West to persuade it not to intervene in Ukraine, not as a sign that it is planning a nuclear war.

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