MOSCOW ( Associated Press) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Moscow may embrace the US concept of using preemptive military strikes, saying it has the weapons to do so, amid rising intra-Russian tensions and Ukraine. But a powerful statement among NATO. ,
“We are thinking about it. Putin has not hesitated to talk openly about it in recent years,” Putin said while speaking at a summit in Kyrgyzstan of the Moscow-dominated economic alliance of former Soviet countries. Mentioned
For years, the Kremlin has expressed concern about US efforts to develop a so-called conventional immediate global strike capability, which would allow within an hour to strike an adversary’s strategic targets anywhere in the world with precision-guided conventional weapons. imagines.
“When talking about disarmament strikes, perhaps it is worth thinking about adopting the ideas developed by our American counterparts, their ideas of guaranteeing their security,” Putin said with a thin smile, noting that The purpose of the preemptive attack by that individual was to knock down the command facilities.
He said Russia has already ordered hypersonic weapons capable of carrying out such an attack, while the US has yet to deploy them. He also claimed that Moscow now has cruise missiles that outperform their American counterparts.
Although Putin appeared to be referring to precision-guided conventional weapons when discussing the possibility of copying the US strategy, he specifically noted that Washington has not ruled out using nuclear weapons in the first place.
“If a potential adversary thinks they can use a preemptive strike doctrine and we don’t, it begs us to think about the dangers those ideas pose to other nations’ defensive postures.” happen,” he said.
In Washington, aides to President Joe Biden called Putin’s comments “bravery” and another warning he could deploy a tactical nuclear weapon, according to a US official who was not authorized to comment and asked not to be named. Talked on the condition of
The official noted that Russian military doctrine has long established that Moscow reserves the right to use a nuclear weapon first in response to a large-scale military aggression.
John Erath, senior policy director at the Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation, also called Putin’s statement a new attempt to escalate the nuclear threat.
“He doesn’t say directly, ‘We’re going to launch nuclear weapons,’ but he wants the United States and Europe to have a dialogue: ‘The longer this war lasts, the greater the danger of nuclear weapons. Used said Erath.
Amer Madhani and Tara Copp contributed from Washington.