Russia’s New Military Doctrine Permits Retaliatory Nuclear Strike Only

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Sputnik News – MOSCOW, December 26 (Sputnik) – Russia stopped short of including the “preemptive strike” notion into its new military doctrine released Friday, permitting the use of its nuclear arsenal only as a retaliatory measure.

Earlier media reports suggested that Russia’s military doctrine could be updated to include the term “preemptive strike.” However, provisions concerning the possibility of a nuclear strike remain largely similar to those outlined in the 2010 version.

“Russia reserves the right to use nuclear weapons in response to the use of nuclear weapons or any other types of weapons of mass destruction against Russia or its allies, as well as in the case of an attack with conventional weaponry that threatens the very existence of the state,” the doctrine says.

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