Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has threatened to deploy “all weapons, including strategic nuclear weapons” to defend annexed territory. President Vladimir Putin’s ally made that clear through his Telegram account. Medvedev is deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council. In that role, he previously alluded to the possibility of using nuclear weapons if Russia deems it necessary.
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Referendums will be held and the Donbas republics and other territories will be admitted to Russia. The protection of all acceded areas will be significantly strengthened by the Russian armed forces,” Medvedev wrote on Telegram. “Russia announced that not only mobilization capabilities, but also all Russian weapons, including strategic nuclear weapons and weapons based on new principles, can be used for that protection.”
In Russian military doctrine, the use of nuclear weapons is permitted if Russia itself is seriously threatened. As far as Medvedev is concerned, this will soon also apply to the regions that he believes will soon become part of Russia. There is “no going back”, he says.
Medvedev was president from 2008 to 2012. Putin was prime minister at the time, then he took over from his ally as head of state.
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