Russian President Vladimir Putin says there could be “no winners” in a nuclear war and it should “never be unleashed.”
He makes the statement as a review of the keystone nuclear treaty opens at the United Nations.
In an address to the Tenth Nuclear Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference, Putin insists that Russia remains faithful to the treaty’s “letter and spirit.”
Ties between Russia and the West have been unraveling since Putin sent troops to pro-Western Ukraine on February 24.
The United States, Britain and France have rebuked Russia for “irresponsible and dangerous” talk about possibly deploying nuclear weapons.
Since the start of Moscow’s military intervention in Ukraine, Putin has made thinly veiled threats hinting at a willingness to deploy Russia’s tactical nuclear weapons, which Russian military doctrine holds can be used to force an adversary to retreat.