World top priority should be to avoid clash of nuclear power

TEHRAN, Nov. 03 (MNA) – Russian Foreign Ministry said that the world's "top priority" should be to avoid a clash of nuclear powers, stressing it could lead to "catastrophic consequences."

"We are firmly convinced that in the current difficult and turbulent situation — a consequence of irresponsible and shameless actions aimed at undermining our national security — the top priority is to prevent any military clash of nuclear powers," said the Foreign Ministry, The Moscow Times reported.

Moscow called on other nuclear powers to "abandon dangerous attempts to infringe on each other's vital interests."

"Russia is strictly and consistently guided by the tenet that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought," the statement read.

It said Moscow's nuclear doctrine is "purely defensive in nature," only allowing the Kremlin to use such weapons in the event of nuclear aggression or "when the very existence of our state is threatened." 

The statement called on the world's other nuclear powers — the United States, Britain, France, and China — to "work together to solve this priority task."

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