He noted that this is a security concept that has been widely publicized by Russia for a long time.
In late February, President Vladimir Putin ordered that the nuclear deterrent be put on high alert.
Commenting on Peskov’s statement, US Defense Department spokesman John Kirby called Moscow’s language about the possibility of using nuclear weapons “dangerous”. However, he stressed that the Pentagon “has not seen anything that would cause the United States to change its strategic deterrence status.”
Following Putin’s announcement in February, Western defense officials also said they had seen no indication that Russia was mobilizing its nuclear forces.
To date, the United States is the only country that has used nuclear weapons, killing a total of more than 200,000 people in Japan.
Also in an interview with CNN, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that Russia has not yet achieved its military goals in Ukraine. “The first is not yet,” he said. “He hasn’t achieved it yet.”
But the Kremlin spokesman stressed that Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine “still goes according to the pre-planned schedule”.
Peskov also reiterated Russia’s demands, and the main goal of the military operation is to “eliminate Ukraine’s military potential”, ensure Ukraine is a “neutral country”, eliminate “battalions according to nationalism” in Ukraine, forcing Ukraine to accept Crimea as part of Russia, and the breakaway regions of Luhansk and Donetsk “already independent states”.
On the other hand, Mr. Peskov affirmed that Russia only targets military targets, although there are many reports that Russia has hit civilian targets that are shelters of Ukrainian civilians.
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