Putin’s Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov joined CNN’s Christiane Amanour on Tuesday. During their discussion, Peskov said Russia will use its nuclear weapons if faced with an “existential threat.”
Christiane Amanpour: Is President Putin, because again the Finnish President said to me that when he asked Putin directly directly about this, President Putin laid that card on the table, President Putin said if anyone tried to stop him “very bad things will happen.” And I want to know whether you are convinced or confident that your boss will not use that option?
Dmitry Peskov: Well, we have a concept of domestic security. And, well it’s public. You can read all the reasons for nuclear arms to be used. So if it is an existential threat for our country then it can be used in accordance with our const…(unintelligible) There are no other reasone that were mentioned in that text.
Christiane Amanpour: So you’re basically saying only an existential threat to your country. I still don’t know if I got a full answer from you.
Russia released footage over the weekend of it hypersonic nuclear missile that can allegedly reach London in 5 minutes.