Nuclear Deterrence in the Crim Put-in Era Must Be Personal

The most hard-core nuclear maniac among the Kremlin chiefs is the man behind the “Ryazan’ training exercise,” Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Platonovich Patrushev.

In an interview with the Russian media on 14 October 2014, Patrushev bragged that the new Russian military doctrine being developed under his watchful eye now allowed Russian armed forces to initiate a preventive nuclear strike in regional and even local conflicts: “There has been a modification in the terms for using nuclear weapons in deflecting conventional-weapons aggression, and not just in large-scale conflicts, but also in regional and even local wars.”

2015 was a kind of introduction to the “Patrushev doctrine,” with blatant nuclear blackmail now a mainstay of Russian foreign policy.

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