Russian President Vladimir Putin recently warned (again) that if a single missile enters Russian lands, "hundreds" of warheads will be released in response.
"I assure you, after the early warning system receives a signal of a missile attack, hundreds of our missiles are in the air," Putin said. "It is impossible to stop them."
"There will be nothing left of the enemy, because it is impossible to intercept a hundred missiles. This, of course, is a deterrent — a serious deterrent," Putin added.
Putin Missiles On Alert
"Putin made headlines after he appeared to suggest that he may make changes to Russia’s nuclear deterrence doctrine by employing a first-strike policy, which he referred to as a 'disarming strike' — a strategy he said is motivated by the current U.S. deterrence policy," reported Fox News.
According to reports from Fox, Russia already has this strategy embedded in its nuclear doctrine.
"Washington does have a policy that allows it to use a nuclear weapon, not only in retaliation to a nuclear attack but also in response to non-nuclear threats — and so does Moscow," said Rebekah Koffler, a Russia expert and former Defense Intelligence Agency intelligence officer for Russian Doctrine & Strategy.
"What this was, from the intelligence standpoint, is 'strategic messaging,'" Koffler said, further adding that Putin’s comments were a sign that "Russia may use nuclear weapons in Ukraine if the US/NATO continue to provide weapons to Ukraine — especially those that Ukraine can use to strike deep into Russia proper."
"Putin’s comments come just days after three separate drone strikes hit bases hundreds of miles within Russia’s borders — an attack that Moscow blamed squarely on Ukraine," reports Fox.
"Based on the existing Russian doctrine, Russia can respond with nuclear strikes, because Engels airbase is the home to nuclear-capable bombers that are considered strategic assets, worthy of defending with nukes," Koffler added.
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