Russia rejects use of tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine

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Russia rejects use of tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine

FM Sergey Lavrov rejected claims that Moscow could resort to the use of tactical nuclear weapons.

Russia s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has rejected claims that Moscow could resort to the use of tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine. On Tuesday, Lavrov was interviewed by India Today in Moscow about the issue.

When the journalist mentioned that President Zelensky said Russia plans to use tactical weapons, the foreign minister didn't let her finish the question. Lavrov said that he says many things.

He reminded that Russia had never mentioned the use of nuclear weapons as an option during its military operation in the neighboring country, and the Ukrainian leader was the only one to speak about this.

The FM said that I can't comment on something that a not very adequate person pronounces.

Lavrov reiterated the idea that there could be no winners in a war, and assured that Russia would only rely on conventional weapons in Ukraine.

Zelensky claimed that Moscow could use tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine during his interview with CNN on Friday.

He warned that there is no proof to back up his words, because all countries of the world have to be worried because it can be real, but it can be truth.

Russia attacked Ukraine in late February after Kiev failed to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The German and French brokered protocols were designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists that the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied that it was planning to take the two republics by force.