On Tuesday, one of President Vladimir Putin’s allies explicitly raised the specter of a nuclear attack on Ukraine, saying the US-led military alliance would still stay out of the conflict for fear of a nuclear apocalypse.
Former President Dmitry Medvedev, now deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, said Russia has the right to defend itself with nuclear weapons if they exceed their limits, and this is “certainly not a bluff. ”.
Putin ordered the first Russian mobilization since World War II on Wednesday, when he backed plans to annex a swath of Ukraine and said he was ready to use nuclear weapons to defend Russia. , warned the West that he was not bluffing.
In a Telegram post, Medvedev said, “Imagine Russia was forced to use its most terrifying weapon against the Ukrainian regime, which commits an act of massive aggression that is dangerous to the very existence of the state. I have sinned,” he said.
According to Russia’s nuclear doctrine, the president can use nuclear weapons if the state faces existential threats, including those from conventional weapons.
“Even in this scenario, I believe that NATO will not directly intervene in the conflict,” Medvedev said. “European demagogues across the sea will not die in a nuclear apocalypse.”
About 90% of the world’s nuclear warheads are held by Russia and the United States, which continue to be the world’s largest nuclear powers.
“Russia has the right to use its nuclear weapons if necessary,” Medvedev said, adding that it was strictly following national policy “in predetermined cases.” .
Medvedev’s comments come as Russia prepares to annex most of Ukrainian territory after a referendum on Russian-controlled areas of Ukraine. accuses.
Medvedev, the self-proclaimed liberal president from 2008 to 2012, regularly makes hawkish statements about the war in Ukraine.
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