Mr. Medvedev mentioned four possibilities for Russia to use nuclear weapons, including the scenario that the country is not attacked first with nuclear weapons.
Dmitry Medvedev, Vice Chairman of the Federal Security Council, in an interview with Russian media, reiterated the country’s nuclear doctrine, which includes four cases that allow the military to use nuclear weapons.
“Recently, the country’s strategic force has been transferred to special mode. This is to ensure that those who want to interfere in our country’s affairs understand what risks they face.” He said in response to a question from reporters about the message “Russia has the power to put its opponents in their place” that he gave in a recent interview.
According to Mr. Medvedev, the first basis for Russia to use nuclear weapons is the country being attacked with nuclear missiles. In the latter case, Russia will respond if any other type of nuclear weapon is used to harm Russia and its allies.
“The third case is when Russia is attacked on critical infrastructure that cripples its nuclear deterrent. The fourth case is when there is hostile action against Russia and its allies, causing survival. of the country is threatened even by conventional weapons, not including nuclear weapons,” the former Russian president said.
He said Russia’s nuclear deterrence shows its determination to defend the country’s independence and sovereignty, “to prevent any idea that Russia is not ready to react if anyone violates the country’s independence and independence.” and our direction”.
However, Mr. Medvedev emphasized that Moscow still advocates that negotiations and diplomacy are the most correct way to resolve disagreements, specifically the current crisis in Ukraine. He reaffirmed that no one wants a nuclear war to break out, but there is always a risk of nuclear conflict “threatening the very existence of human civilization”.
“Having served as supreme commander, I understand the seriousness of this risk. Everyone understands that nuclear weapons in NATO countries are targeted at our homeland and with our warheads. also targeting targets in Europe and the US. That’s a fact of life, so we must always remember and pursue a responsible policy,” he said.
Russia has launched a military campaign in Ukraine since February 24 and the fighting has shown no sign of abating so far. Over the past month, the West has continuously donated weapons and military equipment to Ukraine, especially anti-tank missile systems and man-portable air defenses. However, NATO countries are still arguing about the possibility of providing combat aircraft and high-altitude air defense systems like the S-300 to Ukraine.
The options of establishing a no-fly zone or sending peacekeepers to a war zone are also unacceptable because the US and the West do not want to directly confront the Russian military, increasing the risk of nuclear conflict.
The Russian military’s advance is most favorable on the southern coast of Ukraine, when it controls the large city of Kherson and a number of smaller targets such as Melitopol. At the remaining important targets such as the cities of Kharkov, Mariupol and the capital Kiev, Russian forces seem to have been surprised by the resistance of the Ukrainian army. Kiev and Western officials said on March 23 that Russian units had been pushed back in Kiev and had to switch to a defensive posture.
Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said that Russia has connected part of the corridor from the Crimean peninsula to the Donbass region. The Russian Defense Ministry announced on March 25 that the special operation in Ukraine had completed the first phase and shifted focus to the liberation of the Donbass region.