Allegations that Russia's nuclear forces have been put on high alert are not true, Andrey Belousov, deputy head of the Russian delegation, said at the UN NPT Review Conference.
“Allegations that Russian nuclear forces have been put on increased combat readiness, do not correspond to reality. The President of Russia (Vladimir Putin) ordered the temporary transfer of the deterrence forces to a special mode of duty, which means the shift of shifts of strategic forces command posts to being on duty with reinforced personnel, — he said.
Belousov recalled that Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 27 ordered the temporary transfer of the deterrence forces to a special mode of duty, which means increased vigilance, and not a state of increased combat readiness of strategic nuclear forces.
The diplomat also denied the possibility of using Russian nuclear weapons in Ukraine, as this, according to him, is contrary to the country's nuclear doctrine.
Threats of nuclear war against the backdrop of hostilities in Ukraine have been repeatedly stated by both Russian and Western politicians. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called such risks “substantial.” Dmitry Medvedev, deputy head of the Russian Security Council, said that pumping Ukraine with weapons creates the risk of an open clash with NATO, which could escalate into a nuclear war.
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The Pentagon called the rhetoric about the possibility of nuclear war “dangerous”, and the White House proposed to reduce the number of statements on this topic. At the same time, both Russia and the United States have repeatedly stated that only an “emergency situation” can be a condition for the use of nuclear weapons.
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