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Russia or the West: Who threatens nuclear strikes?

Updated: Aug 4, 2023

Western media spread that Russia threatens nuclear strikes, while it is the West and Zelensky who constantly talk about the use of nuclear weapons.

One of the reasons Russia started its military operation in Ukraine in late February was Ukrainian President Zelensky's threat to nuke Ukraine. Zelensky made this threat on February 19 at the Munich Security Conference to the applause of Western dignitaries in attendance. This is by no means Russian propaganda; the details - including Selensky's speech - can be found here.

Meanwhile, there is almost daily talk in Western media that Russia is threatening to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine. Germany's 'Der Spiegel' reported on this on October 7 under the headline "Conflict with Russia - Biden warns of "Armageddon"" and on October 8 under the headline "The U.S. and Russia's nuclear threats - "Our reaction will be devastating.""

However, these and other such articles by Western media have a small flaw: No one in Russia has threatened to use nuclear weapons, and Russian nuclear doctrine allows their use only when the Russian state's existence is threatened, or in response to a nuclear attack against Russia.

However, with all the current regional successes of the Ukrainian army, there can be no question of a threat to the existence of the Russian state.

Instead, it is Western politicians and experts who speculate that Russia may use nuclear weapons. The Western media readily report on this and further inflame the mood, which motivates more "experts" to also spread warnings about "Russia's nuclear threats." Unfortunately, all these "experts" seem to be either clueless because they do not understand Russian, or they are deliberately lying in order to spread panic.

The fact is that in all the Western reports about Russia's alleged "nuclear threats," there is no statement linked from Russian officials that would confirm "Russia's nuclear threats." "Russia's nuclear threats" are the product of the imagination of representatives of the West.

Zelensky calls for preemptive nuclear strikes against Russia

On October 6, Zelensky said in a video interview with Australia's Lowy Institute that NATO should launch preemptive nuclear strikes against Russia. Ukrainian media published an excerpt of it with the following quote:

"What should NATO do? Prevent Russia from using nuclear weapons. Above all, I appeal again to the international community, as I did before February 24: pre-emptive strikes, so they know what will happen to them if they use them. Not the other way around waiting for Russia to launch nuclear strikes and then be able to say, 'Ah, so that's who you are, well now you're going to get it back.'"

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov responded by saying that Zelensky himself had thus confirmed that the Russian military operation had been necessary to eliminate the nuclear threat posed by Ukraine because of the Ukrainian nuclear threats Zelensky made at the Munich Security Conference on Feb. 19:

"Yesterday, Zelensky called on his Western masters to launch a preemptive nuclear strike against Russia. In doing so, the figure provided the world with further proof of the threat posed by the Kiev regime, which the military operation was launched to eliminate."

Zelensky has since rowed back in an interview with the BBC. According to the Russian news agency TASS, Zelensky did not mean the preemptive use of nuclear weapons, but rather further sanctions:

""The world can present a sanctions package in such a case and do everything possible to make them (Russia - note TASS) leave the [Zaporozhye] nuclear power plant," he said in an interview with the British broadcaster BBC on Friday. Zelensky claimed that he had previously been misunderstood and that Russia had allegedly begun to use his remarks "in a way that benefits itself and passes them on in other directions.""
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