WASHINGTON (Sputnik), Leandra Bernstein — US and NATO statements criticizing Russia’s nuclear weapons doctrine amount to a fiction, Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergei Kislyak told Sputnik.
“It is a fantasy,” Kislyak stated on Wednesday, responding to recent statements from NATO officials alleging that Russia’s nuclear doctrine fails to adequately distinguish conventional and nuclear war.
Western officials have interpreted the doctrine to accuse Moscow of adopting an escalatory policy.
“There are so many things that are imagined about Russia, fantasies, sometimes absurd, that are advanced as an argument against Russia,” Kislyak explained. He noted the tendency among US and NATO officials to “fight what they invented themselves.”
On Saturday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Russia is blurring the line between conventional and nuclear conflict, basing his assessment on recent statements and Russian military exercises simulating nuclear conflict.
Russia maintains the right to use its nuclear arsenal to deter conventional or strategic attack by an adversary.