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The General staff spoke about "red lines" for other countries

Russia fundamentals of the state policy on nuclear deterrence marked the "red line", violation of which potential opponent will receive a crushing retaliatory strike, said head of the main operations Directorate of the General staff of the Armed forces, major General Andrey Sterlin.

The President of Russia Vladimir Putin on June 2 approved the foundations of state policy on nuclear deterrence. Document reglementary the conditions under which Moscow reserves the right to nuclear strike, and also describes the main threats to Russia in the field of nuclear deterrence.

As says the publication, as subjects of nuclear deterrence allocated to two groups of countries. The first is "individual States, non-nuclear and (or) other weapons of mass destruction or significant combat potential of forces, which consider the Russian Federation as a potential enemy, and the military coalition (blocks, unions) with the participation of these States".

The second – "the state provides its national territory for the deployment of strategic offensive weapons (cruise and ballistic missiles, hypersonic vehicles, shock unmanned aerial vehicles), tools, strategic missile defense, radar stations of the missile warning system-nuclear strike, nuclear weapons, and (or) other weapons of mass destruction by other States that can be used against the Russian Federation and (or) its allies."

The new Russian doctrine implies that Moscow may use nuclear weapons in response to an attack on it or its allies with nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction, or in the case of aggression with conventional weapons, if they "threaten the very existence of the state."

As stated earlier, the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, the document "clearly States that may force the Russian Federation to use nuclear weapons, emphasizing that Russia can never be and will not initiate the use of nuclear weapons".