The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, has stated that the threat of nuclear war is on the increase. Russia has been unable to overthrow the Ukraine government despite the war between the two countries for the last 9 months.
Putin has restrained himself from deploying nuclear and chemical weapons. However, western governments now fear that Putin may use nuclear weapons following his humiliation by the war that he started.
“In terms of the threat of nuclear war, you are right, such threat is increasing. As for the idea that Russia wouldn’t use such weapons first under any circumstances, then it means we wouldn’t be able to be the second to use them either – because the possibility to do so in case of an attack on our territory would be very limited,” Putin told a meeting of Kremlin and Russia’s Human Rights Council.
“Nevertheless, we have a strategy… namely, as a defense, we consider weapons of mass destruction, nuclear weapons — it is all based around the so-called retaliatory strike — that is, when we are struck, we strike in response,” Putin added.
Putin further revealed that USA has her nuclear weapons located in many European countries while Russia has not transferred their weapons abroad and they are not planning to do so.
Putin still sees nuclear weapons as a deterrent measure.
“We have not gone crazy. We are aware of what nuclear weapons are. We have these means, they are in a more advanced and modern form than those of any other nuclear country, this is obvious,” he said.
“But we are not going to brandish these weapons like a razor, running around the world. Of course, we proceed from the fact that it exists. This is a deterrent factor that does not provoke the expansion of conflicts, but a deterrent, and I hope everyone understands this,” Putin explained.
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