Washington may again use nuclear weapons, as in Hiroshima, because first strike is a central part of US doctrine. Such an opinion expressed Head of the Center for International Security of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Academician Alexei Arbatov in an interview with RIA Novosti.
“It may very well (repeat Hiroshima. — Note. Life)is the centerpiece of the current US nuclear doctrine, which involves the use of nuclear weapons. he said.
According to the expert, the United States does not admit guilt for the nuclear bombing of the civilian population of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945. According to the American side, the responsibility lies precisely with Japan, which committed aggression at Pearl Harbor, and the United States carried out acts of retaliation only in this way. And now, Arbatov continued, Russia has been on the verge of a direct armed clash with NATO for more than five months.
“In the event of such a direct confrontation, if there is a further escalation of the Ukrainian crisis, the use of nuclear weapons is possible … Of course, no one will use them just like that. Rather, this is the last measure, but this is not excluded,” emphasized the academician.
He explained that US nuclear doctrine prescribes the right to be the first to use appropriate weapons in an attack on US allies using conventional weapons. However, a similar Russian document tells a slightly different story. According to our doctrine, the expert said, the Russian Federation can use nuclear weapons in case of an attack on it that threatens the existence of the state, as well as in the event of a nuclear attack on Russia or its allies.