Russia is not threatening anyone with nuclear weapons but everyone should know what it has and what it could use if the need arose, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a plenary session of the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on Friday.
Putin said he was aware that some “irresponsible” Western politicians, despite their seniority, have been “ranting” about Russia allegedly upping the nuclear ante.
“What are we supposed to do? We respond accordingly. As soon as we answered, they cling to us and say: Here is Russia threatening. We do not threaten anything, but everyone should know what we have and what we will use if necessary to protect our sovereignty,” the Russian leader said.