Russia’s defense minister says nuclear weapons are not needed in Ukraine. Photo/Illustration
“The use of (nuclear weapons) is limited to emergencies only, as outlined in publicly available Russian guidelines,” he said, noting that the weapons were intended as a deterrent against foreign aggression.
Shoigu said that Russia’s claims of possible use of chemical weapons in Ukraine were also unreasonable, as Moscow had destroyed its stockpile in a bid that was completed in 2017.
“False accusations of such attacks have been used by Western-backed groups in Syria in the past,” he added. Russia TodayTuesday (16/8/2022).
The Russian Defense Minister, speaking during the opening of the Moscow Conference on International Security, said the situation with the reduction and control of strategic arms was in a difficult place because of the ongoing confrontation between the US and Russia.
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“America’s statement claiming that Russia should earn the right to continue dialogue with the US is out of bounds. Gun control is a two-way street,” he stressed.
The Russian official also said Washington was an unreliable partner in terms of the strategic balance of power. The US scrapped several key agreements with Russia over the years, which Moscow said severely undermined transparency in military affairs.
“I think Russia’s experience of engaging the West in the disarmament area shows that the so-called ‘rules-based orders’ they promote are not meeting the treaty obligations,” Shoigu said.
“The lessons learned from him will guide Russia’s future international treaties on security and arms control,” he said.