Russia reserves right to use nuclear weapons

TEHRAN, Jun. 23 (MNA) – Russia says it reserves the right to use nuclear weapons exclusively in response to the use of weapons of mass destruction against it.

Speaking at the ninth Moscow Conference on International Security, Russian General Staff chief Valery Gerasimov emphasized on Wednesday that Russia's nuclear policy is purely defensive in nature, Urdu Point reported.

"The Russian Federation reserves the right to use nuclear weapons only in response to the use of nuclear and other types of weapons of mass destruction against it or its allies, as well as in the event of aggression against the Russian Federation with the use of conventional weapons when the very existence of the state is threatened," Gerasimov explained.

Russia has developed means to neutralize the threat posed by the US missile defense systems, the official assured.

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