Russia – Q&A from the press briefing (3 Jun. 2020)


Q. Yesterday Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a new document that defines the main dangers for Russia and elucidates the conditions in which Russia would be entitled to use a nuclear weapon. Are you familiar with this document? Can you comment on it?

A. We are aware of yesterday’s publication by President Putin of a decree dealing with nuclear deterrence. We will examine it closely.
As the President did recently in his speech of February 7, France calls regularly on other nuclear states to publicly present the fundamentals of their nuclear doctrines, as we have done, and to continue the dialogue on doctrines begun at the P5 with France, the United Kingdom, the United States, Russia and China. This effort serves to increase transparency and mutual trust between them and is therefore crucial to preserving our collective security and reducing strategic risks.