Peskov: Russia will only use nukes if its existence is threatened

29 March, 12:57 PM
Peskov said any possible threat to Russia’s existence and its war against Ukraine were unrelated issues (Photo:REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina)

Peskov said any possible threat to Russia’s existence and its war against Ukraine were unrelated issues (Photo:REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina)

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that despite the ongoing full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Russia would use nuclear weapons only if there was an existential threat to the aggressor country.

In an interview with PBS Newshour, Peskov noted that no possible outcome of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine could be considered a reason for the use of a nuclear weapon. 

“We have a security concept that very clearly states that only when there is a threat to the existence of the state could be use–  and we will actually use – nuclear weapons to eliminate the threat to the existence of our country,” Peskov said. 

Видео дня

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin’s spokesman also said the following two issues sould be considered separately: the existence of Russia and its war in Ukraine, saying that they were completely unrelated. 

At the same time, Peskov added, when Putin ordered a full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022, “there was a part of his statement warning different states not to interfere in the affairs between Ukraine and Russia,” during the war. 

Earlier, Russian Deputy Ambassador to the UN Dmitry Polyansky said that Moscow could resort to the use of nuclear weapons in the event of some kind of "provocation" on the part of NATO. 

Before that, the Pentagon warned that the Kremlin would begin to threaten the West with nuclear weapons when the Russian army feels weakened by Ukrainian resistance and sanctions. 

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has also said that Russia would never win a nuclear war. 

Russia put its nuclear forces on high alert on Feb. 27. 

According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Russia is aware of the catastrophic consequences of a nuclear war, so the Kremlin's rhetoric about the possibility of using nuclear deterrence forces is empty bluster.

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google News

Show more news
X