Russia has said it would only resort to use of nuclear weapons if faced with an ‘existential threat’.
Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlins’ spokesperson, said that his country’s attitude to nuclear weapons remained consistent.
However, he failed to rule out the use of nuclear weapons entirely and could not clarify what would constitute an ‘existential threat’.
“We have a concept of domestic security, and it’s public. You can read all the reasons for nuclear arms to be used,” Peskov said. “So if it is an existential threat for our country, then it can be used in accordance with our concept.”
Watch Peskov’s interview with Christiane Amanpour below:
President Putin has raised the threat of using nuclear weapons – and his spokesperson Dmitry Peskov refused to rule out their use, in an interview with me tonight. pic.twitter.com/uxQqncLGYN
— Christiane Amanpour (@amanpour) March 22, 2022
Peskov’s statement came after comments made by Russian President Vladimir Putins’ in which he seemingly threatened the use of nuclear weapons should NATO get involved in the war in Ukraine.
Putin warned NATO against ‘standing in the way’ of his plans, implying the use of nuclear weapons by warning of ‘consequences such as you have never seen in your entire history’.