The General staff called the condition of use of nuclear weapons

Russia uses its nuclear capability in the event of any missile attacks on its territory, it should be prepared by the General staff of the Armed forces of the article "On state policy of the Russian Federation in the field of nuclear deterrence", which was published in the newspaper "Red star".

Because of the ability to install, whether it be a nuclear missile or not, any missile will be positioned as nuclear, it follows from the material. The military leadership of Russia immediately receive information about the launch and will determine the scale of response.

At the same time representatives of the General staff noted that the goal of the enemy in such a situation would be considered the destruction of Russia.

The defense Ministry explains that the conditions on the application of enemy nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, the impact on critical facilities in Russia, and the aggression with the use conventional weapons should not cause questions among experts. The authors note that Russia has indicated "red lines" that nobody wants to cross. If a potential opponent is settled, the answer will be devastating.

The article also States that the termination of the Treaty on the reduction and limitation of strategic offensive arms (start-3) can put the world on the brink of nuclear catastrophe.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on 2 June approved the "principles of state policy in the field of nuclear deterrence", which States that "the Russian Federation considers nuclear weapons solely as a deterrent, the use of which is extreme necessary measure". Deterrence aims to a potential enemy knew about the inevitability of retaliation for aggression, the document says.

The contract on reduction of strategic offensive arms (start-3) signed on in 2010, remains the only valid agreement between Russia and the USA on the limitation of armaments. Start-3 will expire in February 2021, Washington has not yet announced any plans to renew it. The US administration at different levels emphasizes the need for the inclusion of China in the negotiation of a new trilateral nuclear agreement. In Beijing, this idea is rejected. Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow supports the extension of the Treaty without preconditions.