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MADRID, 19 Jan. (.) –
The former Russian president and current vice president of the country’s Security Council, Dimitri Medvedev, warned on Thursday that a Russian defeat in the war with Ukraine “could lead to the outbreak of a nuclear war”, after which the Kremlin has indicated that there are no changes to his defensive doctrine.
“Tomorrow, at the NATO base in Ramstein, the main military leaders will discuss new tactics and strategies and the supply to Ukraine of new heavy weapons and attack systems,” Medvedev said, criticizing “the mantra that ‘to achieve peace, Russia must lose.
“It never occurs to the poor to draw the elementary conclusion that a defeat by a nuclear power in a conventional war can lead to the outbreak of a nuclear war. The nuclear powers have not lost major conflicts in which their destiny,” he said.
Thus, Medvedev has stressed in a message on his Telegram account that “this is something that should be obvious to everyone, even to a Western politician who has withheld at least some trace of intelligence.”
Minutes later, the Kremlin spokesman, Dimitri Peskov, stated that these statements by Medvedev do not imply changes in Russia’s defensive doctrine, as reported by the Russian news agency Interfax. “This is completely in line with our nuclear doctrine. Read the nuclear doctrine, there are no contradictions”, he has concluded.