There is one question hovering over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Will Russian President Vladimir Putin cross an unthinkable line?
And this insider just revealed the one thing that would cause Vladimir Putin to use nuclear weapons.
No nation has used nuclear weapons since the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to force the Japanese to surrender during World War II.
But before Russia invaded Ukraine, Putin warned the West that any country that directly intervened in the war would face unimaginable consequences.
Many took that to believe Putin would launch a nuclear strike against the United States or any European nation that attacked Russia for invading Ukraine.
Putin further raised those fears when he put his nuclear forces on special combat status.
CNN’s Christiane Amanpour interviewed Putin’s Press Secretary, Dmitry Peskov, and asked him if Putin would actually deploy nuclear weapons against Ukraine.
“I need to ask you this, because the world is afraid, and I want to know whether Putin intends the world to be afraid of the nuclear option, would he use it?” Amanpour asked Peskov.
Peskov tried to dance around the question, noting that Putin warned the West about NATO expansion into Ukraine as far back as 2007.
But Amanpour pressed Peskov to answer about Putin warning other world leaders that anyone who tried to stop Russia in Ukraine would face nuclear consequences.
“Look, Ukraine is a country, sovereign. It’s recognized by the United Nations. It’s been around for a very, very long time. But I just want to know. I want to ask you again, is President Putin–because, again, the Finnish President said to me that when he asked Putin directly about this, because President Putin has laid that card on the label, President Putin said that, if anybody tries to stop him, very bad things will happen. And I want to know whether you are convinced or confident that your boss will not use that option,” Amanpour asked.
Peskov said Russia’s doctrine for using nuclear weapons was well-known, and if Russia thought it faced an existential threat, it would deploy nuclear weapons.
“Well, we have a concept of domestic security, and, well, it’s public,” Peskov stated. “You can read all the reasons for nuclear arms to be used. So, if it is an existential threat for our country, then it can be used, in accordance with our concept.”
Russia’s military doctrine calls for escalation in order to de-escalate.
If Russia believes it is losing a war, they will use nuclear weapons on the battlefield to force the other side to the negotiating table or either to surrender outright.
Russia’s lower threshold for using nuclear weapons should be a reminder that voices in Congress calling for direct confrontation with Putin are essentially asking for nuclear war.
Renewed Right will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.