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Newsline: Russian deputy UN ambassador says Moscow retains right to use nuclear weapons if ‘provoked’ by NATO

Amid the war with Ukraine, Russian deputy ambassador to the United Nations Dmitry Polyanskiy said Moscow retains the right to use nuclear weapons if ‘provoked’ by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). (https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/world/retain-right-to-use-nuclear-weapons-if-provoked-by-nato-says-russia/ar-AAVqLkg) This comes after Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told CNN International that Russia would only use nuclear weapons in the context of the Ukraine conflict if it were facing an ‘existential threat’. Days after Russian troops invaded Ukraine, Putin announced on February 28 that he had put the country’s strategic nuclear forces on high alert in a move that sparked global alarm.

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