Deputy Ambassador of Russia to the UN Polyansky: Russia can use nuclear weapons in case of a threat According to Dmitry Polyansky, Russia can use nuclear weapons in the presence of an “existential threat”. President Vladimir Putin has the authority to decide how critical such a threat is for the country. ” alt=”Deputy Representative of Russia to the UN called the condition for the use of nuclear weapons” />
Russia can use nuclear weapons if there is a critical threat to the existence of the country. This was stated by Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN Dmitry Polyansky in an interview with the British portal UnHerd.
“I am a diplomat, I am not involved in making decisions on nuclear strategy, but I can say: yes, we have nuclear weapons. And if an existential threat arises for Russia, then, I am sure, we can use nuclear weapons, — he said.
Responding to a question about what Russia might consider an “existential threat,” Polyansky said he was “not the right person to define it.” “These are people who get paid for solving military problems. I get my pay for dealing with diplomatic matters,— he added.
Answering a clarifying question whether President Vladimir Putin can make a decision on the use of nuclear weapons if he decides that an “existential threat” hangs over the country, the diplomat said: “He is the Supreme Commander, of course, he has every opportunity to decide. <…> Once again, if you threaten us with nuclear forces, you must consider all the risks, — said Polyansky.
The discussion about the possibility of using nuclear weapons intensified in the spring of 2022, after President Vladimir Putin ordered on February 27 that deterrence forces, which include nuclear weapons, be put on special alert. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu the next day reported to the President that the strategic forces had begun increased duty.
On March 22, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on CNN that Russia could use nuclear weapons only if there was a real threat for the existence of the country, which is indicated in the concept of national security.
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On May 6, Deputy Director of the Information and Press Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry Alexei Zaitsev said that Russia would not use nuclear weapons in military operations in Ukraine. “The scenarios for our possible use of nuclear weapons are clearly spelled out in Russian doctrinal documents. They are not applicable to the implementation of the tasks set in the course of a special military operation in Ukraine,»,— said the diplomat at the briefing.
The conditions for the use of nuclear weapons by Russia are described in paragraph 27 of the Military Doctrine. It states that Russia reserves the right to use nuclear weapons in response to the use of nuclear and other types of weapons of mass destruction against it or its allies, as well as in the event of aggression against Russia with the use of conventional weapons, “when the very existence of the state is threatened.” ;.
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