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Noted in Passing: Russia on Preventing Nuclear War

“Balancing on the brink of a direct armed conflict and encouraging provocations with weapons of mass destruction, which can lead to catastrophic consequences.”

November 2, 2022 16:22
Statement of the Russian Federation on preventing nuclear war

As a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and one of the nuclear-weapon powers, in accordance with the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Weapons, the Russian Federation bears a special responsibility in matters related to strengthening international security and strategic stability.

In implementing its policy on nuclear deterrence Russia is strictly and consistently guided by the tenet that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought. Russian doctrinal approaches in this sphere are defined with utmost accuracy, pursue solely defensive goals and do not admit of expansive interpretation. These approaches allow for Russia to hypothetically resort to nuclear weapons exclusively in response to an involving the aggression use of weapons of mass destruction or an aggression with the use of conventional weapons when the very existence of the state is in jeopardy.

Russia proceeds from the continued relevance of the existing arrangements and understandings in the field of cutting and limiting nuclear weapons, as well as reducing strategic risks and threat of international incidents and conflicts fraught with escalation to nuclear level. We fully reaffirm our commitment to the Joint statement of the leaders of the five nuclear-weapon states on preventing nuclear war and avoiding arms races of January 3, 2022. We are strongly convinced that in the current complicated and turbulent situation, caused by irresponsible and impudent actions aimed at undermining our national security, the most immediate task is to avoid any military clash of nuclear powers.

We urge other states of the “nuclear five” to demonstrate in practice their willingness to work on solving this top-priority task and to give up the dangerous attempts to infringe on vital interests of each other while balancing on the brink of a direct armed conflict and encouraging provocations with weapons of mass destruction, which can lead to catastrophic consequences.

Russia continues to advocate for a revamped, more robust architecture of international security based on ensuring predictability and global strategic stability, as well as on the principles of equal rights, indivisible security and mutual account of core interests of the parties. —Statement of the Russian Federation on preventing nuclear war – Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

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  • Kingsnake Plissken November 3, 2022, 12:20 PM

    Meanwhile in Davos an S&M vest clad megalomaniac laughs with glee among lysergic visions of bugs and pods for all.
    Mega KIA counts gets them really excited and there won’t be any vote on shall we play.

  • Balzoa November 3, 2022, 3:17 PM

    The ONLY world leader with a modicum of intellect is Vladimir Putin. (He may also be the ONLY world leader with a sense of humor.)

  • Casey Klahn November 3, 2022, 7:12 PM

    My continued assessment is that Russia will not use tactical, or battlefield nukes at this point in the conflict. If she begins to win, and by this I mean have forward movement that has inertia, and she gains the initiative, then this creates the opportunity for Russia to then use tactical nukes. Until then I would advise those in the scope of this reading to spend less mental and emotional energy on worrying about nukes.

  • Dirk November 3, 2022, 9:39 PM

    “IF “Russia starts to win. Casey your killing me. This gig was over ten minutes after the Vikings, err Americans,,, a shit, I meant the French,,,,,,,na that’s not it, oooooo yes the EU, hmmm ahhhh yes the Canadians, nope nope, o yes, Mexico, o yea Lithinstien sailed over in their three mast sail boats.

    No no the RothChilds, and the Rockefeller, went to lunch.

    I get it, msnbc tells us the uks are curb stomping those bastards, the Russians, only thing is, Russia’s taking out all potable water, all power sources, railways, and other fun shit. GO UKRAINIAN, we got ‘em surrounded.