Kremlin calls for calm after Putin’s allies call for nuclear strike on Ukraine


The Kremlin said on Saturday that Moscow should use nuclear weapons after Ramzan Kadyrov, head of Russia’s Chechnya region and an ally of President Putin, said Russia’s established military He called for a sober approach to the potential use of nuclear weapons based on doctrine. Tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine after the defeat of the Russian army on the battlefield.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday that the basis for using nuclear weapons is set in Russia’s official military doctrine and that the decision to use nuclear bombs is not taken impulsively.

Russia’s nuclear use guidelines prohibit the use of such weapons and other weapons of mass destruction should they be used against Russia or if the Russian state faces an existential threat from conventional weapons. Allowed.

“In this regard, there is nothing else to consider,” Peskov said in a telephone call with reporters.

The Kremlin has stated that the four regions of Ukraine that Moscow is officially in the process of annexing are also under its nuclear umbrella.

Calls for ‘low-yield’ nuclear strikes

Recent battlefield setbacks in eastern Ukraine, including the loss of important Lyman fortifications, have prompted Chechen leaders to demand tougher lines from Russia.

Posted by Kadyrov telegram message On October 1, he criticized Russia’s military approach as being too soft.

“In my personal opinion, more drastic measures should be taken, up to declaring martial law in border areas and using low-yield nuclear weapons,” Kadyrov said.

Asked about Kadyrov’s remarks on Monday, Peskov said a Kremlin spokesperson said the Chechen leader has the right to express his opinion, but that the use of nuclear weapons is not a decision to be made on impulse. .

“This is a very emotional moment. Regional heads have the right to express their views,” Peskov said.

“But emotions should be left out of any kind of evaluation, even in difficult moments, so I prefer to stick to a balanced and objective evaluation,” he added.

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Chechen Republic President Ramzan Kadyrov speaks February 25, 2022 in Grozny, Russia. (Genghis Kondalov/Reuters)

“Full power”

The Chechen leader’s statement comes a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared the annexation of four regions of Ukraine, including the region where Lyman’s last stronghold is located, placing them under Russia’s nuclear umbrella. was done in

Putin has said Russia will defend its seized lands “with all its might and means”, but analysts say the rhetoric is intended to allude to the threat of nuclear weapons.

Russia has the world’s largest nuclear arsenal, including low-yield tactical nuclear weapons that can be used for battlefield interactions rather than against major strategic objectives.

The Russian president has said Russia is embroiled in an existential battle with the West, which he accuses of trying to destroy him. He claimed Russia would win in Ukraine and warned that he was just starting to get serious.

Putin has warned the West that it is “not a bluff” when Russia says it is ready to use nuclear weapons to defend its territories.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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