Putin says no one can win a nuclear war

The Russian President, Vladimir PutinI affirm that there can be no winners in a nuclear war and that such a conflict should never start.

The Kremlin leader made the comment in a letter addressed to participants in a conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (TNP), more than five months into its war against Ukraine.

“We start from the fact that there can be no winners in a nuclear war and that it should never be unleashed, and we stand for equal and indivisible security for all members of the world community,” he said.

His words at the NPT forum seemed intended to strike a reassuring note and introduce Russia as a responsible nuclear power. However, they contrast with previous statements by Putin and other Russian politicians that have been interpreted in the West as implicit nuclear threats.

In a speech delivered on February 24, launching Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Putin referred to directly to Russia’s nuclear arsenal and warned foreign powers that any attempt to interfere “would lead to consequences such as they have never encountered in their history.”

Days after, ordered Russian nuclear forces to be placed on alert maximum.

The war has raised geopolitical tension to levels not seen since the 1962 Cuban missile crisiswith politicians from both Russia and the United States speaking publicly of the risk of a Third World War.

The director of the CIA, William Burnssaid in April that, given Russia’s setbacks in Ukraine, “none of us can take lightly the threat posed by a possible recourse to low-yield or tactical nuclear weapons.”

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Russia, whose military doctrine allows the use of nuclear weapons in the event of an existential threat to the Russian state, it has accused the West of waging a “proxy war” against it by arming Ukraine and imposing sanctions on Moscow.

A source of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Russia on Monday questioned the seriousness of US President Joe Biden’s comments calling for talks on a nuclear arms control framework to replace the treaty that expires in 2026.

In April, Russia conducted a first test launch of its new Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile, capable of carrying out nuclear strikes against the United States, and said it planned to deploy the weapons in the fall.


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