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Russia finally excludes the use of nuclear weapons in the Ukrainian war

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia has not considered turning to nuclear weapons in the war in Ukraine, and that the use of such capabilities only follows a “threat to existence” in Moscow. Repeated the position of.

In an English interview with PBS, Peskov was asked to clarify comments from former President Dmitry Medvedev, citing a scenario in which Russia reserves the right to use nuclear weapons in the face of existing threats. I did.

Russia has about 6,000 nuclear warheads, and Medvejev said Russia’s nuclear doctrine did not require the enemy to use such weapons first.

Medvejev’s words follow the nuclear warning that the nuclear forces were “on alert” following the invasion ordered by President Vladimir Putin on February 24.

Peskov said there was “no doubt” that Russia would achieve “all the objectives of our special military operations in Ukraine”, referring to the official Russian account of the war. Use of nuclear weapons. “

“We clearly show the concept of security that we use nuclear weapons to eliminate threats and existence only when our country is threatened with the existence of a nation,” Peskov said. Country. “

“Let’s keep these two things separate, that is, the existence of the state and special military operations in Ukraine have nothing to do with each other,” Peskov said.

Peskov said Putin’s comment on Russia’s nuclear capabilities “warns different countries not to interfere with the issue between Ukraine and Russia.”

When interviewer Ryan Chilcote said Putin’s comments suggested that Russia would turn to nuclear weapons if a third party was involved, Peskov said, “No, I don’t think so. But he boldly said it, don’t interfere. “

“Then you can prevent it and punish everyone who is trying to interfere.”

A Kremlin spokesman said, “Even about the idea of ​​using nuclear weapons,” when Peskov asked Peskov to exclude the use of nuclear weapons, given that the war in Ukraine could threaten Russia’s existence. , No one is thinking of using it. “

Peskov said when President Joe Biden was asked about Putin’s warning of “going to one inch of NATO’s territory” and whether Russia would consider sending troops to alliance members. Don’t let us do that, we can’t think of it. “

A Kremlin spokesman also said that Biden described Putin as a “butcher” and that it was “impossible” to maintain power. This prompted his claim that the White House did not seek a change of power.

But on Monday, Biden said he would not apologize for Putin’s saying that he “cannot maintain power.” At a press conference, Biden said he “returned nothing” about what he said, but the statement reflected his personal beliefs. It is not a policy change.

A Kremlin spokesman added: [a] Personal insults and places of personal insults in rhetoric can hardly be imagined [sic] It’s a political leader. “

“And his statement includes whether Putin should take power in Russia. Of course, it is completely unacceptable. Who will be the President of the United States and who will be the President of the Russian Federation. I can’t decide, “Peskov said.

Newsweek I contacted the White House and the Kremlin for comment.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov will host the annual press conference of Russian President Vladimir Putin on December 23, 2021 at the Manezh Exhibition Hall in central Moscow.
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