In the event of a real nuclear threat from Russia, the aggressor country will receive a response from the world, and the Russian authorities understand this, Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, said in an interview with the German newspaper Bild, the OP press service reports.
"NATO monitors everything that happens in Russia with nuclear weapons. And NATO categorically warns Russia that even if there is an attempt to use nuclear weapons, there will be a response. Today, Russia is gradually reducing its rhetorical threats with nuclear weapons. There is a protocol according to which nuclear powers operate," he said.
Podolyak noted that the world is already doing a lot to prevent Russia from using nuclear weapons, in particular, relevant warning statements were made by US President Joseph Biden and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres also called on Russia to immediately stop the rhetoric of nuclear threats.
The adviser to the head of the President's Office noted that Russia invaded the territory of Ukraine with conventional weapons, and our troops counterattacked and pushed back the Russian army also with conventional weapons. "Russia says: 'If Ukraine does not allow us to leave the territories we invaded and which we cannot hold with conventional weapons, we will use nuclear weapons,'" he explained.
"This is how a nuclear state threatens a non-nuclear state. If Russia is not stopped now, other countries will withdraw from the NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) because any war against a nuclear power will result in casualties. These countries will try to find nuclear weapons components on the black market or elsewhere. Russia not only threatens Ukraine, it breaks a key element of global security," the advisor to the head of the President's Office believes.