Russia could modify its military doctrine by introducing the possibility of a preemptive strike to disarm an enemy, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday. He was responding to a question from a journalist during a visit to Bishkek, who asked him to clarify his statement earlier this week on the use of nuclear weapons.
Speaking to the press days after warning that the risk of nuclear war was growing but that Russia would not strike first, Mr Putin said Moscow was considering adopting what he called Washington’s concept of nuclear war. a preemptive strike.
“First of all, the United States developed the concept of a preemptive strike. Second, they are developing a strike system aimed at disarming” (the enemy), President Putin told reporters following his visit to Kyrgyzstan. He added that perhaps Moscow should think about adopting the “ideas developed by the Americans to ensure their own security”. “We’re just thinking about it,” he said, however.