Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov refuses to rule out the use of nuclear weapons if the nation’s existence is threatened

A Kremlin spokesman said in a Tuesday interview that Russia would use nuclear weapons if faced with an “existential threat”. Dmitry Peskov, the chief spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, explained in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that any violation of his nation’s “concept of domestic security” would justify the use of nuclear weapons. Peskov also insisted that the Ukraine invasion went “strictly” according to plan, saying that Russian forces only attacked military targets, a claim contradicted by numerous reports. In his February speech, Putin had previously warned other countries against interfering in his invasion, saying that efforts against Russia would be met with consequences “like you have never seen in your entire history.” Around that time, he ordered that Russia’s nuclear forces be put on high alert. Last week, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that “the prospect of a nuclear conflict that was once unthinkable is now back within the realm of opportunity.”

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