For the first time, the Russian Ministry of Defense publicly disclosed the conditions that determine the possibility of Russia’s use of nuclear weapons. The document “On the foundations of the state policy of the Russian Federation in the field of nuclear deterrence” was published by the department’s newspaper.
“The first condition is related to the receipt of reliable information about the launch of ballistic missiles attacking the territory of Russia and (or) its allies. The fact of the launch of a ballistic missile will be recorded by the missile attack warning system, ”the text says.
It is noted that in this case, it will not be possible to determine the type of its equipment (nuclear or non-nuclear). Therefore, any attacking missile will be positioned as a nuclear-armed missile, follows from the text of the document. The military-political leadership of Russia will immediately receive information about the launch and determine the scale of the nuclear forces’ response actions.
The Ministry of Defense explains that the conditions on the use of nuclear and other types of weapons of mass destruction by the enemy, on the impact on critical targets of Russia, as well as on aggression with the use of conventional weapons should not raise questions from experts.
The text also states that the highest priority of Russia’s state policy in the field of national security is to ensure nuclear deterrence as the basis for strategic deterrence.