Russia says ‘no need’ to use nukes in Ukraine

The Russian Minister of Defence, Sergei Shoigu has rebuked all reports and speculation of the Russian armed forces’ intention to use weapons of mass destruction against Ukraine and called it “absolute lies”.

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Calling out media speculation, the Russian Minister of Defence, Sergei Shoigu has rebuked all reports and speculation of the Russian armed forces’ intention to use weapons of mass destruction against Ukraine and called it “absolute lies”.

“From a military point of view, there is no need to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine to achieve the set goals. The main purpose of Russian nuclear weapons is to deter a nuclear attack,” Sergei Shoigu said during a speech at an international security conference in Moscow.

“The media are spreading speculation about the alleged use of Russian tactical nuclear weapons in the course of the special military operation, or about the readiness to use chemical weapons. All these informational attacks are absolute lies.”

Shoigu has alleged that the planning of the Ukrainian military operations is being done in The UK and The US. He also mentioned how NATO’s troop presence in Eastern and Central Europe has “increased several times over”.

Shoigu referred to the START ((Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty). START is an agreement signed between the Soviet Union and the US to limit and reduce strategic offensive arms.

The Defence Minister said that the talks to extend the treaty were a “two-way street” and the situation around it was “difficult”.

“A difficult situation is also developing with regard to the Treaty on the Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms. The agreement remains in force until 2026,” Shoigu added.

“On the Russian side, obligations are being fulfilled, the declared levels of carriers and warheads are maintained within the established limits.”