There has been no statement either from the President or from men in charge” on this subject, he insisted.
A reassuring statement. In an interview broadcast on Wednesday on the American channel CNN, the Russian ambassador to Great Britain, Andrey Kelin, insisted that Moscow, on the sidelines of its invasion of Ukraine, had no intention of using nuclear weapons.
“Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu assured all ministers that we are not going to use nuclear weapons. There was no statement either from the president or men in charge, I’m not talking about people on TV who say that Russia will use them, that’s out of the question,” he insisted.
Propaganda still works
Since the beginning of the Russian “special military operation” in Ukraine, the threat of the use of nuclear weapons had been waved, sometimes half-formulated, by the Russian authorities. The use of tactical nuclear weapons had also been mentioned.
This Wednesday, Vladimir Putin had shown his muscles on this issue, overseeing the training of his strategic deterrent forces, that is, troops responsible for responding to threats, including in the event of nuclear war.
In particular, one ballistic missile was fired at the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East and another from the waters of the Barents Sea in the Arctic. The exercise also involved Tu-95 long-range aircraft.