Sochi, October 19, Interfax - Russia would use nuclear weapons only after it is certain that a potential aggressor has launched a strike on it, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.
"Our strategy of nuclear weapons use doesn't envision a preemptive strike. Our concept is a launch under attack," Putin said at the plenary session of the Valdai Club in Sochi.
This means that Russia is ready to use and would use nuclear weapons "only when we are certain that someone, a potential aggressor, is delivering a strike on Russia."
The essence of Russia's launch-under-attack nuclear strategy is that "the aggressor should know: revenge is inevitable, and it will be destroyed anyway," he said.
"And we, as victims of aggression, will go straight to paradise as martyrs, while they will simply pop off," Putin said, causing the audience to laugh. "Because they won't even have time to regret," he said.