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Washington can use nuclear weapons only in emergency circumstances, said US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken during a speech at the UN headquarters in New York at the conference of countries — members of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). The broadcast was conducted by the press service of the State Department.
“The United States would consider the use of nuclear weapons only under extraordinary circumstances, to protect the vital interests of the United States, allies and partners,” — Blinken said.
He noted that the role of US strategic nuclear forces is to deter nuclear attacks on the US, as well as on its allies and partners.
< p>In April, the US Department of Defense said that they would not discuss the possibility of using nuclear weapons because of the fighting in Ukraine. “Such rhetoric is dangerous and not useful. No one wants a nuclear war that no one can win, — said then the head of the US military department, Lloyd Austin.
At the same time, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev warned that sending weapons to Ukraine and NATO exercises near Russian borders increase the risk of a direct clash between Russia and the alliance, and such a situation will carry the threat of “full-fledged nuclear war.”
Commenting on his words, the Kremlin pointed to Moscow's readiness to give “the most decisive answer”; on attempts to intervene in a special operation in Ukraine. At the same time, the presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov assured that any outcome of the special operation would not be a reason for the use of nuclear weapons.
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