Putin says Russia will use nuclear weapons to defend its sovereignty

Putin says Russia will use nuclear weapons to defend its sovereignty

The Russian president did not like Western officials’ remarks that the country was a “threat to the world.”

MIKHAIL METZEL/SPUTNIK/KREMLIN/EFE/EPA 05/10/2022Vladimir Putin, dressed in a navy blue suit and light blue shirt and tie, is seated in a chair in front of a bookshelf
Vladimir Putin said they could use nuclear weapons if threatened

the President of Russia, Wladimir Putinsaid this Friday the 17th that his country is not threatening anyone and will only use nuclear weapons to defend itself “if necessary”. sovereignty. “We are not a threat, but everyone should know what we have and what we will use to defend our sovereignty if necessary,” Putin said at the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg. Putin called statements by senior Western officials “irresponsible” that Russia was threatening the world with its nuclear weapons. “We hear that kind of rhetoric. Should we be silent? We react as we should. As soon as we answer, they cling to it and say: Russia is a threat.” On a possible military confrontation with the West, he assured that Western countries are already declaring a “largescale war” in countries like Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan and Yugoslavia had. Before the start of the current Russian military campaign in Ukraine, Russia accused Kyiv of trying to restore its nuclear potential, which it gave up in exchange for security guarantees after the collapse of the Soviet Union. In addition, Moscow warned of a possible use of nuclear weapons in Finland and Sweden once both countries finally and formally join the military alliance.

*With information from EFE