- Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin's spokesman, has spoken on the possibility of Russia using nuclear weapons amid the Ukrainian invasion
- The spokesman said under Russia's security policy, nuclear weapons can only be used if the country's existence is under threat
- President Vladimir Putin had earlier ordered Russia's nuclear forces to be put on high alert as his troops attack Ukraine
Russia - President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, says Russia's security policy dictates that the country would only use nuclear weapons if its very existence was threatened.
Peskov said this in an interview published by CNN on Tuesday, March 22 when asked whether he was confident President Putin would not use nuclear weapons.
He was quoted to have said:
"We have a concept of domestic security and it's public, you can read all the reasons for nuclear arms to be used. So if it is an existential threat for our country, then it (the nuclear arsenal) can be used in accordance with our concept."
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Reuters noted that the comment came amid concerns by Western countries that the invasion there could escalate into a nuclear war.
Nuclear weapon: Putin's previous order
Legit.ng recalls that President Putin had in February ordered Russia's nuclear forces to be put on high alert.
In line with the order, Russia's defence ministry said on Monday, February 28 that its nuclear missile forces and Northern and Pacific fleets had been placed on enhanced combat duty.
Meanwhile, the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres had also earlier said:
"The prospect of nuclear conflict, once unthinkable, is now back within the realm of possibility."
UN Resolution: Countries that voted for, against Russia's invasion of Ukraine
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the United Nations on Wednesday, March 2, voted overwhelmingly for a resolution condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The UN in its resolution also called for the immediate withdrawal of its forces, in a global expression of outrage that highlighted Russia’s increasing isolation.
At the emergency session of the UN general assembly, 141 voted to condemn Russia's invasion of Ukraine, five countries voted against the resolution while 35 abstained.