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Thursday, 1 March 2018

Putin on New US Nuclear Stance: Russia Would Use Nukes If Attacked


The new US nuclear posture allows a nuclear strike in response to a conventional attack. President Putin said that if anyone attacked Russia with nuclear weapons, Russia wouldn’t hesitate to respond in kind. The warning came during a State of the Nation address delivered on Thursday, in which he presented a number of new advanced strategic weapon systems that he said would render all anti-missile capabilities that the USA currently has powerless. Putin also mentioned the new American nuclear posture, which relaxed some rules on when the USA is prepared to use nuclear weapons:

We’re greatly concerned by some parts of the new nuclear posture, which reduces the benchmark for the use of nuclear weapons. Whatever soothing words one may try to use behind closed doors, we can read what they wrote. It says that they can use these weapons in response to a conventional attack or even a cyber-threat. Our nuclear doctrine says that Russia reserves the right to use nuclear weapons only in response to a nuclear attack or an attack with other weapons of mass destruction against her or her allies or a conventional attack against us that threatens the very existence of the state. It’s my duty to state that we’ll treat any use of nuclear weapons against Russia or its allies, be it small-scale, medium-scale, or any other scale, as a nuclear attack on our country. Our response would be instantaneous and with all relevant consequences.

1 March 2018




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