Russia May Update Its Nuclear Doctrine

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov: “Western provocateurs should realize once and for all that Russia is ready to do everything to guarantee its national security”

Serghej Rjabkov

Russia may “make changes” to its nuclear doctrine in light of the experience of the military operation in Ukraine. In an interview with Russia 1 television channel, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that “the time will come when it will be possible to make further clarifications on the basics of state policy (in the field of nuclear deterrence) by reflecting on the experience gained during the special military operation where the classic old interpretation of nuclear deterrence did not work properly.” Ryabkov emphasized that “Western provocateurs should understand once and for all that Russia is ready to do everything to ensure its national security.”

The deputy minister reiterated that Ukraine’s bloody attack on Sevastopol, which killed 4 people, including two girls aged 2 and 9, and injured 153 others, “will not go unanswered by Russia.” One of the ATACMS missiles supplied to the Kiev regime by the USA hit a very crowded beach on Sunday, June 23, during the Orthodox religious holiday of Holy Trinity. According to Russian military intelligence sources, “it is the United States that coordinates Ukrainian attacks using remotely piloted aircraft that take off from the Sigonella airbase in Sicily and fly continuously over the Black Sea.”

The other day, a Russian fighter jet crashed an American RQ-4 Global Hawk drone during a flyover, after which Russian Defense Minister Andrei Belousov instructed the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces to propose urgent measures in response to “provocations related to the increased activity of US strategic drones in the Black Sea.”

Belousov said the growing presence of American surveillance and reconnaissance drones in this sensitive area “dramatically raises the probability of even serious airspace incidents with Russian Aerospace Forces aircraft, which increases the risk of a direct confrontation between the Alliance and the Russian Federation.” The Defense Ministry statement stressed that “responsibility for possible incidents will fall on NATO countries.”