Russia Alerts On Rising Nuclear Threat, But Says It Will Not Use It First
Vladimir Putin has said the threat of a nuclear war was rising, but insisted Russia had not “gone mad” and would not use its nuclear weapons first.
The Russian president insisted that his country would only use weapons of mass destruction in response to an attack.
Speaking at Russia’s annual human rights council meeting, Putin also boasted that Russia had the most modern and advanced nuclear weapons in the world.
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He contrasted its nuclear strategy to the US – who he said had gone further than Russia by locating its nuclear weapons on other territories.
He also said the war in Ukraine could be a “lengthy process”.
However, he said the results had already been “significant” with the new territories Russia has illegally claimed after referendums in four regions of Ukraine.
He boasted that the annexations had made the sea of Azov – which is bordered by south-east Ukraine and south-west Russia – an “internal sea” of Russia.