Sunday, January 20, 2008

Russia Claims Ready to Use Its Nuclear Might

MOSCOW - Russia's military chief of staff said Saturday that Moscow could use nuclear weapons in preventive strikes to protect itself and its allies, the latest aggressive remarks from increasingly assertive Russian authorities.

Gen. Yuri Baluyevsky's comment did not mark a policy shift, military analysts said. Amid disputes with the West over security issues, it may have been meant as a warning that Russia is prepared to use its nuclear might.

"We do not intend to attack anyone, but we consider it necessary for all our partners in the world community to clearly understand ... that to defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Russia and its allies, military forces will be used, including preventively, including with the use of nuclear weapons," Baluyevsky said...

For years, I've wondered why so few people seemed to think Russia was no longer a threat to us...I always imagined someone there with an unsteady hand on the button of nuclear power. That's not to say I live in fear, just that I am not surprised to hear that this statement is not shift in Russian military policy...

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