Moscow says its nuclear doctrine may be very clear and the present battle in Ukraine doesn’t meet any of its standards
The allegations about Russia threatening to make use of nuclear weapons towards Ukraine are “untenable and baseless,” the pinnacle of Moscow’s delegation to the UN Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) overview convention, Andrey Belousov, stated on Friday in New York.
“This is impossible since Russian doctrinal guidelines strictly limit emergency situations in which the use of nuclear weapons is hypothetically possible, namely in response to aggression involving weapons of mass destruction, or in response to aggression involving conventional weapons, where the very existence of the state is threatened,” Belousov defined.
“None of these hypothetical scenarios is relevant to the situation in Ukraine,” he said.
The Russian diplomat additionally rejected insinuations about Moscow putting its nuclear deterrent on “high alert,” explaining that the present state of “increased vigilance,” with additional personnel on responsibility at strategic command posts, was “completely different” from the precise “state of high alert of strategic nuclear forces.”
While he didn’t identify the accusers, Belousov’s response comes after the Ukrainian delegation to the NPT convention on Wednesday accused Moscow of “nuclear terrorism” and “openly threatening the world with its ability to use nuclear weapons,” whereas citing rhetoric by the “Russian media, think-tanks and experts.” On Monday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken additionally accused Russia of “reckless, dangerous nuclear saber-rattling,” to “those supporting Ukraine’s self-defense.”
Belousov argued that any warnings a couple of “serious risk of nuclear war” ever voiced by precise Russian officers within the context of the Ukrainian disaster had been at all times directed at NATO, as a technique to deter Western international locations from direct aggression, as they “dangerously balance on the edge of a direct armed confrontation with Russia.”
In his letter to individuals of the NPT convention on Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin reiterated that there could be no winners in a nuclear warfare, and it must not ever be allowed to occur.
US President Joe Biden in flip declared this week that Washington is able to expeditiously negotiate “a new arms control framework” with Moscow. However, in response to Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov the US has but to provide you with any proposals relating to an settlement that would doubtlessly exchange the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.
The landmark New START stays the one main arms management settlement between Moscow and Washington nonetheless in pressure. In early 2021, the deal was getting ready to expiration, but it surely was in the end salvaged shortly after Biden’s inauguration, when Washington lastly agreed to Moscow’s calls to delay the deal with none preconditions. It is at the moment set to run out in 2026.