Kremlin on Putin’s “Russians will go to heaven after nuclear strike” statement

Kremlin on Putin’s “Russians will go to heaven after nuclear strike” statement
Vladimir Putin

The presidential spokesman explained what the president meant by "we will go to heaven," while the enemies "will drop dead" if they attack Russia.

When commenting on the statement Vladimir Putin made at the annual session of the Valdai Discussion Club, Peskov said that the president was not talking about the heaven or assuming that some will who go there and some will not, RBC reported.

 “Many missed the point that Russia's military doctrine doesn't envisage a preventative nuclear strike,” said the spokesman for the head of state.

Peskov said that Russia’s Russia’s nuclear forces are not tailored for a pre-emptive strike. “But if we are attacked with the use of nuclear weapons, or the very existence of the state is at state, then Russia will have the right to use nuclear weapons. If we are attacked, the enemies “will go to heaven or to hell,” said the press secretary.

As he was speaking at the meeting last week, Putin recalled that Russia has a nuclear missile warning system. Only when we become convinced that there is an incoming attack on the territory of Russia, and that happens within seconds, only after that we would launch a retaliatory strike,' he said during a panel discussion at the forum. 'It would naturally mean a global catastrophe, but I want to emphasize that we can't be those who initiate it because we don't foresee a preventive strike. Any aggressor should know that retribution will be inevitable and he will be destroyed. And since we will be the victims of his aggression, we will be going to heaven as martyrs. They will simply drop dead, won’t even have time to repent”, Putin said. 

The current Military Doctrine of Russia (paragraph 27) of 2014 states that the country “reserves the right to use nuclear weapons in response to the use of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction against it and (or) its allies.” This also applies to aggression with the use of conventional weapons, if "the existence of the state is at state."

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