Vladimir Putin announced on Wednesday (March 7th) that the decision to use nuclear weapons by Russia could only be taken in retaliation.
“The decision to use nuclear weapons can only be made in the event that our warning systems not only record the launching of missiles, but also accurately predict the flight paths and the time of impact of the warheads on the aircraft. Russian territory. This is called reciprocal counter-attack, when we have the legitimate right to fight back, “said the Russian president.
“Yes, it will be a global disaster for humanity, it will be a global disaster for the world, but as a Russian citizen, as head of the Russian state, I want to ask this question: why do we need of a world without Russia? ”
Vladimir Putin also recalled that Russia is not the only country possessing nuclear weapons. In addition to the United States, China, France, the United Kingdom and Russia, the Russian president also mentioned India, Israel and Pakistan as unrecognized nuclear powers.
“If these countries have nuclear weapons, why should Russia not own them? Putin continued by asking this rhetorical question.