Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin: Russia's nuclear arsenal is and will remain a threat According to Lloyd Austin, the threat from the Russian nuclear arsenal will not disappear in the future. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the West is talking about nuclear war, and Russia believes that there can be no winners in such a conflict
The head of the US Department of Defense, Lloyd Austin, spoke of the “significant problems” posed to the United States by the Russian nuclear arsenal. This is stated in a statement by the head of the Pentagon at a hearing in the US House Appropriations Committee.
“As we have seen in recent weeks, Russia remains a strong threat that requires close and constant coordination within NATO to prevent further aggression in Europe. <…> Russia's nuclear potential also creates significant problems now and will create in the future, — Austin said.
According to him, Russia's actions in Ukraine pose a “threat to transatlantic security.”
Austin added that Washington sees a threat not only in Russia and, as previously stated, in China. “We must remain vigilant for other dangers as well. We face a constant threat from North Korea, its nuclear arsenal and missile programs under development, as well as from Iran, with its nuclear ambitions and support for groups that threaten the security of our forces and our allies. said the head of the Pentagon.
On February 27, a few days after the start of the special operation in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin ordered the deterrence forces to be placed on a special alert regime due to the fact that “the highest officials of the leading NATO countries allow aggressive statements.” towards Russia. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov then said that there was talk in the world about the possibility of nuclear war, but not by Russia, but by NATO, Western countries and Ukraine.
On March 24, The New York Times reported, citing sources, that the White House has formed a team of officials to develop a response plan for Washington and its allies in the event that Moscow uses nuclear weapons. At the same time, the publication quotes officials, the United States considers such a scenario unlikely.
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Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov clarified on March 29 that Russia is not considering using nuclear weapons in connection with the operation in Ukraine. “We have a concept of security that states very clearly that only when there is a threat to the existence of our country, we can and will use nuclear weapons to eliminate this threat,” — he said.
The conditions for the use of nuclear weapons by Russia are described in paragraph 27 of the Military Doctrine. It states that Russia reserves the right to use nuclear weapons in response to the use of nuclear and other types of weapons of mass destruction against it or its allies, as well as in the event of aggression against Russia with the use of conventional weapons, “when the very existence of the state is threatened.” ;.
On May 6, Alexei Zaitsev, Deputy Director of the Information and Press Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, said at a briefing that Russia would not violate scenarios for the possible use of nuclear weapons. “The scenarios for our possible use of nuclear weapons are clearly spelled out in Russian doctrinal documents. They are not applicable to the implementation of the tasks set in the course of a special military operation in Ukraine,»,— he explained.
According to Zaitsev, Moscow adheres to the idea that there can be no winners in a nuclear war and it should not be unleashed.
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