Grushko Restates Russia’s Nuclear Military Doctrine
May 11, 2022 (EIRNS)—In an interview today with RIA Novosti, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko was asked about the likelihood of Russia using nuclear weapons against its enemies. There is an incessant international media bruit to suggest that Russia may be about to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine, and to otherwise make nuclear war “thinkable,” something that is casually discussed by families around the dinner table.
Grushko made it clear that there has been absolutely no change in Russia’s military posture. “We have a military doctrine; everything is written there. It does not give any other interpretation, except for what is there in black and white,” he said.
“Under Russia’s official military deployment principles, the country is allowed to use nuclear weapons when Russia’s enemies are using nuclear weapons or other types of weapons of mass destruction on Russian territories and/or its allies; if Russia receives reliable data on a launch of ballistic missiles attacking its territory or that of Russian allies; if Russia’s critical government or military sites are attacked by the enemy in a way that would undermine nuclear forces response actions; or if the country faces an existential threat through the use of conventional weapons.”