The Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergey Ryabkovstated today, Friday, that Moscow is not threatening anyone with nuclear weapons and that the open confrontation with the United States and NATO it is not in Russia’s interestRussian state news agencies reported.
“We are not threatening anyone with nuclear weapons. The criteria for their use are described in Russia’s military doctrine,” said Sergei Ryabkov.
Exactly according to military doctrine of Russia, the use of nuclear weapons is permitted if Moscow feels confronted “existential threat”
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the West in a September 21 speech that “he’s not bluffing” when he says he would use nuclear weapons if Russia’s territorial integrity was threatened.
And Russian officials, among them the Dmitry Medvedevtook the baton saying that after the fully or partially Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine where they are being held from today “referendums” integrate into Russia, any attack against them by Ukrainian forces will be considered attack on Russia.
Medvedev specifically said that Russia has the option of using strategic nuclear weapons, meaning long-range nuclear weapons.
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However, Sergei Ryabkov stated that Moscow does not seek “open conflict” with the US or NATO and does not wish to further escalate the situation.
“We hope the Biden administration is also aware of the danger of an uncontrolled escalation of the conflict in Ukraine,” he warned.
At the same time, Mr ambassador of Russia to the United States stated that despite the difficulties, he wants to believe that Moscow and Washington they are not on the brink of “the abyss of nuclear war”the RIA Novosti news agency reported at the same time.
For its part, Russia’s Security Council announced that it “hopes that Washington is aware of the consequences of its provocative actions”, the RIA news agency reported.
A nuclear war should never break out as there can be no winners in such a confrontation, the Deputy Secretary of the Security Council of Russia Alexander Venediktov said today at the conference on the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
It is noted that declaring the first mobilization in Russia since World War II, Putin declared that Russia is not only fighting against Ukraine, but against the military means of Western countries that support Kyiv.