Putin made the remarks in a letter to participants of a conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), more than five months into their war Ukraine,
“We proceed from the fact that there can be no winner in nuclear war and it should never be uncovered, and we stand for equal and indivisible security for all members of the world community,” he said.
International concern about the risk of a nuclear collision has grown ever since Russia Invaded Ukraine on 24 February. In a speech at the time, Putin explicitly mentioned Russia’s nuclear arsenal and warned against any attempt to interfere with outside powers.
“Anyone who tries to disrupt us should know that Russia’s response will be immediate. And it will lead you to consequences that you have never faced in your history,” he said.
A few days later, he ordered Russia’s nuclear forces to be put on high alert.
The war in Ukraine has escalated geopolitical tensions to a level not seen since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in March: “The prospect of a nuclear conflict, once unimaginable, is now back in the realm of possibility.”
Politicians in both Russia and the United States have spoken publicly about the risk of a Third World War. CIA Director William Burns said in April that given the setbacks Russia has suffered in Ukraine, “none of us take lightly the threat posed by strategic nuclear weapons or the potential recourse to low-yield nuclear weapons.” could.”
Russia, whose military doctrine allows the use of nuclear weapons in the event of a potential threat to the Russian state, has accused the West of waging a “prosthetic war” against Ukraine by arming it and imposing sanctions on Moscow.