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Russia: Berezovskiy: Russia Has Right to First Use of Nuke Weapons

9 May 1997 Moscow Informatsionnoye Agentstvo Ekho Moskvy

According to Russia's national security concept, Russia maintains the right to first use of nuclear weapons, Deputy Security Council Secretary Boris Berezovskiy said in a live interview to Ekho Moskvy Radio. "We are not talking about using nuclear weapons to have the advantage; but if we are pushed into a corner and this is the only option open, we will use nuclear weapons," he said. He called this "a totally responsible approach which is in line with the conditions of today", and is incorporated into the national security concept, confirmed by the Security Council of the Russian Federation under the chairmanship of Russian Federation President B. Yeltsin.

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