Putin: Russia could use nuclear weapons in an existential threat to the country

MOSCOW, March 2. /TASS/. Russia may use nuclear weapons only in response to a nuclear attack or in case of an existential threat to the country, said the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin in interview to TV channel NBC.

“There are two reasons that may force us to use nuclear weapons: the attack on the us using nuclear weapons or an attack on Russia with conventional arms if there is a threat to the existence of the Russian state”, – said the Russian head of state, answering the question of whether an attack on Russia without using nuclear weapons to cause a nuclear attack by Russia.

The message to the Federal Assembly President of Russia on 1 March announced the development and testing of new systems of strategic weapons created in response to the unilateral withdrawal of Washington from the ABM Treaty and the practical deployment of this system on the territory of the United States and outside their national borders. Among them – Intercontinental ballistic missile “Sarmat”, a hypersonic complex “Dagger”, a cruise missile with a nuclear power plant and an unmanned underwater vehicle that can be equipped with conventional and nuclear ammunition. The head of state stressed that the growing military power of Russia – is a reliable guarantee of peace on the planet, and all work on strengthening of defensibility of the country was held within the framework of existing agreements in the field of arms control.