If any state decides to attack Russia with nuclear weapons, it may end life on Earth. However, the agressor will be destroyed. But unlike the aggressors, the Russians are sure to go to heaven, President Vladimir Putin said during a session of the Valdai Club in Sochi on October 18.
“Any aggressor should know that retribution will be inevitable and he will be destroyed. And since we will be the victims of his aggression, we will be going to heaven as martyrs. They will simply drop dead, won’t even have time to repent,” Putin said.
Putin also noted that Russia has “no concept of a preemptive strike”.
“In such a situation, we expect to be struck by nuclear weapons, but we will not use them” first, he said.
The Russian military doctrine allows for the use of nuclear weapons in a conventional conflict, but only if Russia’s existence is at stake. This gives the Russian military an option to use nuclear weapons in the case of a large-scale invasion.
In 2017, Putin officially unveiled a group of new “invincible” weapons that would render US missile defence systems obsolete.