Ukrainian war: Russian diplomat says ‘we have the right to push nuclear button’

Russia escalates nuclear threat (Photo: Getty / Reuters)

A top Russian diplomat said Moscow would reserve the right to use nuclear weapons if it was “provoked” by NATO.

Dmitry Polyanskiy, Russia’s deputy ambassador to the UN, issued a cold warning to Vladimir Putin’s spokesman refused to exclude nuking Ukraine in the face of an ‘existential threat’.

Asked if Putin was right to hold the prospect of nuclear war over the rest of the world, Mr Polyanskiy told Sky News: ‘If Russia is provoked by NATO, if Russia is attacked by NATO, why not , we are a nuclear power.

‘I do not think it is right to say. But it is not the good thing to threaten Russia and try to interfere.

‘So if you’re dealing with a nuclear force, you obviously need to calculate all the possible outcomes of your behavior.’

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Polyanskiy spoke from inside Russia’s mission to the UN in New York, where pictures of President Putin adorn the walls.

He denied the US government’s formal declaration that members of the Russian military were guilty of war crimes in Ukraine.

Between sips of lemon tea, he suggested that images showing that the cities of Ukraine were in ruins due to Russian bombings could be fake.

He even made the absurd claim that Ukraine is attacking its own buildings and citizens.

“You believe one, I believe another,” he said.


Dmitry Polyanskiy even made the absurd claim that Ukraine is attacking its own buildings and citizens.

The International Criminal Court will determine whether Russia is guilty of war crimes.

More than 1.5 million people around the world have signed a petition saying Putin should face a Nuremberg-style trial.

Polyanskiy’s remarks come after Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov also suggested that Russia resort to nuclear weapons.

CNN interviewer Christiane Amanpour urged him whether he was “convinced or sure” that President Putin would not use the nuclear option.

He replied: ‘We have a concept of internal security, and it is public. You can read all the reasons for using nuclear weapons.

‘So if it is an existential threat to our country, then it can be used according to our concept.’

Neither Peskov nor Polyanskiy defined what they meant by provocation or a threat.

It comes ahead of a NATO emergency summit where leaders will approve major increases in their forces in Eastern Europe.

However, the bloc has continued to rule out direct military involvement in Ukraine, including the imposition of a no-fly zone over its airspace.

The West fears a wider war in Europe that Russia’s foreign minister has warned earlier.would become core and destructive ‘.

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