The Kremlin is responding to US President Joe Biden’s warning not to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine. Photo/Illustration
Reported earlier, Biden was asked by CBS News what his message to Russian President Vladimir Putin would be if he felt the best way to retaliate and retake the initiative was to use tactical or chemical nuclear weapons.
The US president replied “no, no, no” adding that such actions would change the face of war like nothing since the Second World War.
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When asked for his response to the warning, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “Read the doctrine. Everything is written there,” RIA Novosti reported. NewsweekSunday (18/9/2022).
Russia’s nuclear doctrine says the use of nuclear weapons may follow aggression against Russia or its allies with the use of weapons of mass destruction or if the state faces aggression when the state’s very existence is under threat.
During the war, there were mixed messages coming from Moscow about the prospect of deploying nuclear weapons.
Immediately after launching a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Putin put his nuclear forces on high alert. Guests and hosts of state television channels reflecting Kremlin thinking have frequently described Russia’s nuclear capabilities and prospects for their use as part of its war effort.
However, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu last month said that nuclear weapons were not necessary from a military perspective and that the main purpose of Russia’s nuclear arsenal was to withstand nuclear attack.
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