Russia's Deputy Prime Minister, Yuri Borisov, has said that Russia cannot be the first to strike a nuclear strike.
Source: Borisov, quoted by the Russian information group "Interfax"
Details: Borisov referred to the military doctrine of a nuclear strike, which reportedly forbids Russia to be the first to launch a nuclear strike.
Quote from Borisov: "According to our doctrine, according to our strategy, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation would use a nuclear strike only in retaliation. According to the doctrine, we would not be the first to attack.
Our president, the commander-in-chief, has two naval officers carrying a so-called nuclear suitcase nearby at all times.
In the case of threats detected by air and space defence and missile attack warning systems, in the event of a launch, the fact of the attack, its trajectory, and the location of the crash would be determined - these are the criteria for retaliation."
For reference: But he is lying.
According to Russia's military doctrine, the country reserves the right to use nuclear weapons in response to the use of nuclear or other weapons of mass destruction against it or its allies, as well as in the event of aggression against Russia with conventional weapons, "if the very existence of the State is threatened".
The pumping of weapons by NATO countries into Ukraine increases the possibility of transition to a full-fledged nuclear war, said the Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev.
According to the US National Intelligence Chief, Avril Haines, President Vladimir Putin is ready to use tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine if the defeat of his troops in Ukraine cannot be hidden.
According to the Financial Times, Western governments are already questioning Russia's readiness for nuclear escalation, and therefore have accelerated the supply of heavy weapons to Ukraine.
The leadership of the North Atlantic Alliance has no information that Russia is preparing a nuclear strike on Ukraine. The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, William Burns, also said there was no clear evidence of a nuclear strike in Ukraine.