Putin Says Russians Will Go To Heaven In Event Of Nuclear War
Russians will go to heaven as martyrs in the event of nuclear war, because Moscow will only ever use nuclear weapons in retaliation, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.
“We have no concept of a preemptive strike,” Putin told a forum of international experts in the southern city of Sochi in response to a question from the audience.
The Russian president commended the new missiles in the country’s arsenal.
He said Russia would not be the first to initiate an attack but only use its nuclear weapons in retaliatory missile attacks if early warning systems spotted missiles heading toward the country.
“Only when we become convinced that there is an incoming attack on the territory of Russia, and that happens within seconds, only after that we would launch a retaliatory strike, ”Putin said.
“It would naturally mean a global catastrophe, but I want to emphasize that we can’t be those who initiate it because we don’t foresee a preventive strike.”
“In such a situation, we expect to be struck by nuclear weapons, but we will not use them first,” he said.
“The aggressor will have to understand that retaliation is inevitable, that it will be destroyed and that we, as victims of aggression, as martyrs, will go to heaven.
“They will simply die because they won’t even have time to repent,” he said to some laughter from the audience.
Putin last year unveiled “invincible” new weapons that would render Western missile defence systems obsolete.