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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday told attendees at a St. Petersburg event that Russia's nuclear doctrine could be changed if conditions allowed it. File Photo by Kremlin/UPI | License Photo

June 8 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin told attendees at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum that Russia's nuclear doctrine could be changed to enabled wider use of nuclear weapons.

"This doctrine is a living instrument, and we are carefully watching what is happening in the world around us and do not rule out making some changes to this doctrine," Putin said Friday, according to Russia's state-run news organization RIA Novosti.


"If someone's actions threaten our sovereignty and territorial integrity, we consider it possible for us to use all means at our disposal," Putin told the media after his speech. "This should not be taken lightly."

Putin said he doesn't think "such a case has arisen" but added that it's a mistake for "the West" to think Russia never would use its nuclear arsenal.


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Russia's nuclear doctrine allows nuclear weapons if another nation uses a nuclear weapon against Russia or if the "very existence of the state is put under threat," Putin told media.

Saint Petersburg senator and former governor Valentina Matviyenko, who chairs the Federal Council, earlier Friday said the "trends are not good" but doesn't think Russia is on the cusp of a nuclear war with Ukraine or other nations.


"If there is a real threat to the existence of our state, a serious threat to our security and sovereignty,' " Matviyenko said, "then of course we will use the entire arsenal, all the capabilities we have."

The comments come after Politico on May 30 reported President Joe Biden "has quietly given" permission to Ukraine to use U.S.-made weapons against targets in Russia.

The permission only applies to striking Russian military forces that have hit Ukraine or are planning to strike.

U.S. officials won't allow long-range strikes with U.S.-made arms.

Ukrainian officials sought permission to use the arms against Russian targets in Russia after Russia began an offensive against Kharkiv in May.

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What is Russia's nuclear doctrine? ›

Russia's 2020 nuclear doctrine sets out when its president would consider using a nuclear weapon: broadly as a response to an attack using nuclear or other weapons of mass destruction or conventional weapons "when the very existence of the state is put under threat".

Who has the largest nuclear arsenal in the world? ›

Who has the most nuclear weapons? Russia has the most confirmed nuclear weapons, with over 5,500 nuclear warheads. The United States follows behind with 5,044 nuclear weapons, hosted in the US and 5 other nations: Turkey, Italy, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.

How many nuclear bombs does the USA have? ›

Nuclear weapons of the United States
United States
Peak stockpile31,255 warheads (1967)
Current stockpile3,708 (2023)
Maximum missile rangeICBM: 15,000 km (9,321 mi) SLBM: 12,000 km (7,456 mi)
NPT partyYes (1968)
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What is Russia's stance on nuclear disarmament? ›

The Russian government has signed and ratified protocols stating its intent to respect and not threaten the use of nuclear weapons against states-parties to the Latin American and South Pacific nuclear-weapon-free zone treaties.

What is meant by nuclear doctrine? ›

The Nuclear Doctrine of India is based on the principle that India will only use a nuclear weapon in retaliation to a country's attempt of attacking India, its states or its army with a nuclear weapon. Nuclear Doctrine, in general, is how a country with a nuclear weapon uses the weapon in peace and at the time of war.

What is the U.S. nuclear use doctrine? ›

The Doctrine for Joint Nuclear Operations is a U.S. Department of Defense document publicly discovered in 2005 on the circ*mstances under which commanders of U.S. forces could request the use of nuclear weapons. The document was a draft being revised to be consistent with the Bush doctrine of preemptive attack.

Which country has the best missile technology in the world? ›

The world's fastest missile is the Russian hypersonic cruise missile, the Kh-47M2 Kinzhal. It has a top speed of Mach 10, or 12,350 kilometers per hour (7,670 miles per hour). The Kinzhal is a modified version of the Iskander-M ballistic missile, and it is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

What is the most powerful bomb in the world? ›

Tsar Bomba, Soviet thermonuclear bomb that was detonated in a test over Novaya Zemlya island in the Arctic Ocean on October 30, 1961. The largest nuclear weapon ever set off, it produced the most powerful human-made explosion ever recorded.

Does Germany have nukes? ›

While Germany doesn't have nuclear weapons, under NATO's nuclear-sharing arrangements, German warplanes are equipped to launch U.S. nuclear weapons stationed in Germany. But the decision to use the weapons would lie solely with the U.S.

Does Canada have nuclear weapons? ›

Canada does not have nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons or relevant delivery systems, and is a member in good standing of all relevant nonproliferation treaties and regimes.

How many states can one nuclear bomb destroy? ›

The nuclear weapons that exist today are not powerful enough to destroy an entire state. The yield of a nuclear weapon capable of destroying an entire sate would have to be of the order of 10 gigaton, while the most powerful bombs that were built were no more powerful than a few dozen megatons.

Which is more powerful the nuclear bomb or the atomic bomb? ›

The largest US thermonuclear bomb ever tested, Castle Bravo, produced a 15 Mt explosion — a whopping 1,000 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped over Hiroshima. And the most powerful thermonuclear bomb ever — the Tsar Bomb, detonated by the Soviet Union — was 50 Mt.

What is the Russia energy security doctrine? ›

The Energy Security Doctrine is a normative document approved by the President of the Russian Federation on the submission of the Security Council and the Government of the Russian Federation that fixes the administrative and legal principles, mechanisms and responsibilities of the government officials at the federal ...

What is the Russian war doctrine? ›

The military doctrine of Russia is a strategic planning document of the Russian Federation, representing a system of official state-adopted views on preparation and usage of the Russian Armed Forces. The most recent revision of the military doctrine was approved in 2014.

What is the nuclear doctrine of China? ›

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What was the limited nuclear war doctrine? ›

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