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«I am sure that if Russia uses tactical nuclear weapons, the world will be different. Because the very idea of the UN Security Council and the right of veto are based on the fact that no tactical nuclear weapons are used,» – said Vitaliy Portnikov during a public discussion within the initiative «Re:Open Ukraine» in Uzhhorod, answering the listener’s question of whether nuclear states can retaliate against Russia if it uses tactical nuclear weapons on the territory of Ukraine.
According to him, no one in the world, except Russia, distinguishes this kind of weapons on tactical and strategic.
«Let’s hope that Putin will not experiment with this. Otherwise, it will be a completely different world. Because if nothing happens after that, it becomes clear that the idea that the five nuclear states maintain stability is delusional. Every country will understand that the only way to survive is to have nuclear weapons,» – he explained.
Portnikov emphasized that the Ukrainian city where a nuclear attack could take place will become historic, and the world will turn into a world of nuclear states: «No nuclear states will then tell Iran or South Africa or Brazil or anyone else that they should not have nuclear weapons. Everyone wants to have their own bomb and this is a direct path to the extinction of humanity.»
We will remind you that Russian President Vladimir Putin is threatening to use tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine.
Read the full conversation with Vitaliy Portnikov here: Vitaliy Portnikov: «The formula of victory in this war is obvious».
Translated by Vitalii Holich
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