Use of Nukes in Response to Non-Nuclear Attacks
June 03, 2020 "Information
- (CN) — Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a
new government policy for nuclear deterrence on Tuesday
that allows the use of nuclear weapons in response to
conventional arms attacks.
Russia says its
nuclear weapons are developed in order to deter
potential attacks and can be used to combat a strike
targeting the nation’s critical government and military
infrastructure, according to government policy.
decree Putin signed on
Tuesday replaces a 10-year-old document that expired
this year. It outlines the types of threats that could
trigger Russia’s use of atomic weapons —including an
attack with conventional, non-nuclear weapons that
“threatens the existence” of the country.
The new policy
says that if the government obtains “reliable
information” about the launch of ballistic missiles
targeting Russia or its allies, a nuclear response is
the document specifies that atomic weapons can be used
under the condition of “enemy impact on critically
important government or military facilities of the
Russian Federation, the incapacitation of which could
result in the failure of retaliatory action of nuclear
START agreement – a nuclear arms reduction treaty
between the U.S. and Russia – was signed by former
Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev in 2010. It
is the last remaining U.S.-Russia arms control deal
after the Trump administration
withdrew from the 1987
Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty last week.
treaty, which limits each country to no more than 1,550
deployed nuclear warheads and 700 deployed missiles and
bombers, is set to expire next February.
administration reportedly plans to resume
arms-control talks with
Russia, including on the New START treaty, but the U.S.
wants China to be involved in any new pact. Moscow,
however, has said Beijing taking part in a nuclear
treaty with Washington is not feasible, according to an
Associated Press report.
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