Putin and Allies Threaten Nuclear Weapons – Experts: This Is It

Talk of nuclear weapons is hot in Russia this week.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has hinted that Russia may change its nuclear weapons doctrine. It tells about that among other things Financial Times.

This much-discussed doctrine allows Russia to launch a nuclear attack only in response to an enemy nuclear attack or in a situation where Russia’s existence is threatened. According to Ryabko, the content of the theory is constantly evaluated.

– At the moment, there is no change in it, but the situation lives on, he advisedly said.

– Our basic documentation regarding our security requirements is subject to continuous evaluation.

Ryabko’s comments were a continuation of nuclear talk by Putin and other aides. Already at the beginning of the week, Putin ordered his country’s armed forces to organize military exercises, which, according to the Ministry of Defense, should practice the production and use of nuclear weapons.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has hinted that the country’s nuclear weapons doctrine could be changed. EPA/AOP

Feint?

As expected, the Victory Day celebrations on Thursday were muted. The victory parade, like last year, was a sombre affair, including a complex tank, which also came from World War II.

Putin and allies appeared to be trying to divert the world’s attention from the humble parade as they began pouring comments about nuclear weapons into the news stream.

In his Victory Day speech, Putin threatened the West with nuclear weapons. Later on Thursday, Margarita Simonjan, editor-in-chief of the RT channel, one of Putin’s main propagandists, said the West could do nothing about Russia’s nuclear missiles.

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– (Intercontinental) Czars missiles fly over Red Square, one can’t help but remember some imagining that they will defeat us on the battlefield, Simonjan writes about the Victory Day parade on social media.

– I want to ask them how they do it.

After all, Belarus’s autocratic leader Alexander Lukashenko, one of Putin’s guests at the Victory Day celebrations, spoke Thursday about Russia’s nuclear weapons, some of which are stationed in his country.

– This is a terrible weapon. But it is a weapon and to use such a weapon, it must be practiced. We need to know how it works, referring to military exercises ordered by Putin, in which Belarus’ armed forces are also participating.

Margarita Simonyan, Putin’s chief propagandist, sneers that the West cannot defeat Russia. EPA/AOP

“On Defense”

Experts have commented on the sudden talk of nuclear weapons on social media, in their analysis and in media interviews.

A senior researcher at the RAND Corporation, a renowned American think tank William Courtney Putin’s threat in historical perspective.

– Previous Kremlin leaders have been very tough when on the defensive, he reminds.

Historian Sir Lawrence Freedman writes for a British magazine New StatesmanisaSince the beginning of the week, Putin has linked military exercises related to nuclear weapons to the “threat” created by statements from French President Emmanuel Macron and British Foreign Secretary David Cameron.

Putin appears to be referring to Macron’s thoughts that the West might send troops to Ukraine. On the other hand, Cameron recently announced that Ukraine would be allowed to use British weapons in attacks on Russian soil.

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– (Putin’s Nuclear Weapons Speeches) According to Putin’s established operating model, nuclear weapons are used to deter NATO from participating directly (in the war in Ukraine), Friedman estimated.

– Western powers are not fighting, but these (Macronin’s and Cameron’s) game moves remind Putin that the West knows the stakes and risks of abandoning Ukraine.

Vladimir Putin threatened nuclear weapons on two separate occasions this week. EPA/AOP

Specialist in war crimes Wayne Zordash Sees paradoxicallyPutin complains about “provocative statements by some Western officials”.

– On Victory Day, while celebrating the fall of fascism in Europe, Putin clearly sees no irony in the fact that Russia is at the same time carrying out its criminal program of Russification by militarily occupying Ukraine, subjugating its people. Get rid of everything that has the slightest hint of Ukrainian identity, he says.

– When Putin, as a dictator, turned Russia into a totalitarian, militaristic and repressive country, protecting Russia from fascism was by no means an issue.

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