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A top Russian official says the country has “no need” to deploy and use nuclear weapons in Ukraine.

While speaking at a security conference in Moscow, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said “From a military point of view, there is no need to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine to achieve the set goals. The main purpose of Russian nuclear weapons is to deter a nuclear attack. The media is spreading speculation about the alleged use of Russian tactical nuclear weapons during the special military operation, or about our readiness to use chemical weapons. All these informational attacks are absolute lies.”

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu

While the US government has maintained that it does not believe Russia would deploy nuclear weapons in Ukraine, the pentagon has publicly warned that Russia could deploy chemical warfare in the country.

Other western nations (including the United Kingdom) have also raised concerns. British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss previously said “Any use of such weapons would be a callous escalation in this conflict, and we will hold Putin and his regime to account.”

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss


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