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Putin warns West: will use nuclear weapons if necessary

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, in his first encounter with a group of journalists and editors from international media after his country’s invasion of Ukraine, once again threatened Western countries with the use of nuclear weapons.

Reuters reported that Mr. Putin, speaking to journalists and senior editors of international news agencies yesterday, Wednesday, June 4, said that “the West mistakenly believes that Russia will never use nuclear weapons.”

According to him, this Western belief that Russia will “never” use “nuclear weapons” is “mistaken” because, if necessary, it will resort to deploying such weapons.

According to Reuters, this is the first time since the invasion of Ukraine that Putin has threatened Western countries with “the use of nuclear weapons,” but these threats have not been taken seriously. In his latest statements, Putin said, “We reserve the right to use all available tools, and this matter should not be treated lightly or superficially.”

The Russian president further explained that “according to our nuclear doctrine,” if anyone’s actions threaten the sovereignty and “territorial integrity of Russia,” the use of any weapon is “permissible.”

What is referred to as the “Russian nuclear doctrine” was published in 2020, outlining the conditions for the use of “weapons.”

Its contents indicate that the Russian president can consider the possibility of using nuclear weapons under several limited conditions.

Reports indicate that if Russia is attacked using nuclear weapons if a mass killing occurs, or if conventional weapons are used against Russia in a way that threatens the existence of the Russian state and its territorial integrity, the country is permitted to use nuclear weapons.

Reuters reported that Putin made these threatening statements on Wednesday, ahead of the St. Petersburg Economic Forum, in the newly built 81-story Gazprom tower, and spoke with journalists for more than three hours.

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