Diplomat Belousov: NATO can be expected to justify any use of nuclear weapons The United States “reserved the opportunity” to use nuclear weapons “at any moment, for any reason and against any state” under the pretext of threatening their interests or their allies, Andrei Belousov believes
NATO countries in the future can be expected to justify any use of nuclear weapons, says Andrei Belousov, deputy head of the Russian delegation to the 10th Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). His words are quoted on the website of the Permanent Mission
of Russia to the UN.
“By the way, there is every reason for such a conclusion. The doctrinal documents of the United States prescribe the use of nuclear weapons under the pretext of threatening their own vital interests or those of their allies, — Belousov pointed out.
Thus, the United States “reserved the opportunity” use nuclear weapons “at any moment, for any reason and against any state”; under this pretext, the diplomat noted.
“And this is the real threat of a nuclear war. Especially considering that the United States remains the only state that has put its nuclear arsenal into practice,— he added.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that his country could use nuclear weapons “only under extraordinary circumstances, to protect the vital interests of the United States, allies and partners.”
In early March, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the deployment of American nuclear weapons on the territory of European countries unacceptable. According to him, this is contrary to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Lavrov also noted that “the vicious practice of joint nuclear missions with the participation of non-nuclear NATO countries persists.” Thus, the possibility of a nuclear strike on Russia is being worked out, the minister argued. “It's high time to bring American nuclear weapons home, and the associated infrastructure in Europe to be completely eliminated,” — he said.
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