The first Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on defense and security Frants Klintsevich
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Russia could target its nuclear weapons on the targets of NATO in response to the aggressive actions of the Alliance, said Franz Klintsevich. He said that meant nuclear weapons by land, sea and air-launched
The first Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on defense and security Frants Klintsevich said that, in response to the aggressive actions of the Alliance and NATO’s attempts “to draw into its orbit all new country” Russia could target its nuclear weapons on any targets NATO, wherever they are.
“In response to the aggressive actions of NATO, the attempts of the Alliance to attract new members from Russia will be followed by rigid and definite answer. We will be targeting your weapons, including atomic, to any threatening us objects of the Alliance, wherever they are located”, — quotes the Senator RIA Novosti.
He said that “when we talk about nuclear weapons, we are talking about a nuclear warhead that can be placed on the media in the terrestrial fixed, mobile, Maritime and air weapons.”
Earlier on Thursday, November 24, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg did not agree with Moscow’s position on the issue of NATO expansion and Moscow offered to be calmer to the expansion of the Alliance. He said this at a lecture at Oxford University.
“No, I don’t understand when Russia expressed the view that NATO enlargement in Central and Eastern Europe is a provocation”, — said Stoltenberg. NATO Secretary General explained that “deeply convinced” that any nation has the right to choose “your way”. “It is not NATO expands, and Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary themselves expressed a desire to join the Alliance,” — said the Secretary General. Stoltenberg has described as “impossible” the exclusion of these countries in support of NATO due to the fact that Russia is “not like”.
He stressed that neither Russia nor other countries have no right to decide the fate of neighboring States. “Russia would have to relax and accept the fact that the neighbors are free to choose your path,” said Stoltenberg. While Stoltenberg said that NATO “leaves open the possibility of political dialogue with Russia.”
At the end of October 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin at a plenary session of the discussion club “Valdai” said that “rattle atomic weapons — the last thing”. “It’s harmful rhetoric and I do not welcome, but we must proceed from reality, to assume that nuclear weapons are a deterrent and a factor in ensuring peace and security in the world”, — said the head of state.
Putin emphasized that nuclear weapons cannot be considered as a factor of potential aggression, as it would mean “the end of all existence, our entire civilization.” The Russian President then promised that the country will have a responsible attitude to its nuclear status, “in spite of any statements during the debate, of course, you probably can somewhere sound”.