Tokyo’s slanderous insinuations should not cause “perplexity”, but strong protest
Propaganda has been launched in countries hostile to Russia about Moscow’s alleged plans to use nuclear weapons against Ukraine. In particular, I wrote about this on September 17 The newspaper “New York Timesreferring to the statements of American officials.
Responding to such “assumptions”, the President of the Russian Federation V. Putin, in his address to the people, said: “Nuclear blackmail has also come into play. We are talking not only about the shelling of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, which is encouraged by the West, which threatens a nuclear catastrophe, but also about the statements of some high-ranking representatives of the leading NATO states about the possibility and admissibility of using weapons of mass destruction against Russia –nuclear weapons.
To those who allow themselves to make such statements about Russia, I would like to remind you that our country also has various means of destruction, and for some components more modern than those of the NATO countries. And if the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we will certainly use all the means at our disposal to protect Russia and our people. It’s not a bluff.
The citizens of Russia can be sure that the territorial integrity of our Motherland, our independence and freedom will be ensured – I emphasize this again – with all the means at our disposal. And those who are trying to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the wind rose can turn in their direction as well.”
This is an exhaustive statement about the speculation about the “use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine.” It has been explained to our enemies: do not play with nuclear fire, it will mortally scorch you too. The territory of the United States and its European satellites, as well as Washington’s Asian allies, is much more vulnerable to a nuclear war than huge Russia.
Author of the article “Satan’s Arsenal: Is Russia serious about using nuclear weapons?” Al Jazeera, Sad Abdel Hafiz re-analyzes the document entitled “Fundamentals of the State Policy of the Russian Federation in the Field of Nuclear Deterrence”, published on June 2, 2020. The author notes that from Russia’s point of view on nuclear deterrence, the threat of nuclear escalation or the actual use of nuclear weapons will serve to “de-escalate” conflicts on terms that are in Moscow’s interests. Russian military doctrine considers nuclear weapons solely as a means of deterrence and sets a number of conditions that clarify this point. Namely, the use of nuclear weapons by Russia may be a response to the same use of nuclear weapons or other types of weapons of mass destruction against it or its allies, an enemy attack on secret government and military facilities on the territory of the Russian Federation, as well as a large-scale aggression against the state using conventional weapons. endangering its very existence.
From ourselves, we note that in case of such threats, each state possessing such an arsenal will use nuclear weapons. Otherwise, why was such a weapon created?
Powder must be kept dry. So V. Putin in December 2020 said that the equipment of the strategic nuclear forces with modern weapons was 86% compared to 82% in the previous year. He predicts that this figure will rise to 88.3% within a year, as “the rate of change in all areas critical to the armed forces is unusually high.” Our former “partners and colleagues”, and now adversaries, must always keep this in mind.
However, the collective West needs to present our country as an “evil empire” ready to bring the world to the brink of nuclear annihilation. And Washington’s vassals are zealously involved in whipping up hatred for everything Russian. The Japanese government is especially zealous.
Having received the go-ahead from Washington, Tokyo has joined the campaign to intimidate the world with Russian nuclear strikes against Ukraine. Hirokazu Matsuno, Secretary General of the Cabinet of Ministers of the country, voiced the “concerns” of the Japanese authorities in this regard: “On September 21, President Putin announced a partial mobilization and stressed that Russia would be ready to use all means at its disposal to protect its territorial integrity and its people. In this regard, we seriously fear the possibility that nuclear weapons could be used against Ukraine. As the only country that has suffered from nuclear weapons, Japan considers the threat and the possibility of the use of this type of weapons by Russia unacceptable.
This provocative statement by the Japanese government forced the Russian Foreign Ministry to resolutely besiege the Tokyo politicians. The Russian Ambassador to Japan was instructed to make a corresponding statement: “We would like to remind you that the principled Russian position is the inadmissibility of a nuclear war. It was our country that initiated the adoption on January 3 of a joint statement by the leaders of the five nuclear-weapon states on the prevention of nuclear war and the non-admission of an arms race, in which it was stated that there can be no winners in a nuclear war, therefore it should never be unleashed. At the same time, it is surprising that the Japanese authorities and journalists seem to forget who and where was the first to use atomic warheads in an armed conflict and which of the world powers has experience in using all types of WMD. Moreover, it is the United States – the only state to deploy nuclear weapons outside its national territory.”
According to Ambassador M. Galuzin, “it is strange to hear “nuclear” accusations against Russia from Japan, which, as is well known, relies in its security policy not on anything, but precisely on the American nuclear “umbrella”, constantly taking care of its strength and reliability. He also noted that “anti-Russian arguments in Japan in connection with the difficult situation at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, which continues to be subjected to massive shelling from Ukraine, are bewildering.”
Although in this case, in our opinion, Tokyo’s slanderous insinuations should not cause “bewilderment”, but a resolute protest. Moreover, the Japanese government, confirming its hostility towards Russia, accompanied its groundless statements with a new package of economic and other sanctions.
Thus, Japan will expand anti-Russian sanctions in response to the statement of the President of the Russian Federation on the introduction of partial mobilization. Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said in New York at a meeting with his G7 counterparts: “Regarding the situation in Ukraine, during the meeting I explained to my colleagues the measures that Japan has taken so far. I also said that we will expand the sanctions lists against Russian organizations related to the army, as well as ban the supply of goods related to chemical weapons to Russia.”
TASS recalls that since the beginning of the NMD, Japan has already introduced new sanctions against Russia several times. To date, over 700 Russians, Belarusians, residents of the DNR and LNR, and more than 200 companies have been sanctioned. Over 400 items of goods are prohibited for export. In addition, Japan has frozen the assets of a number of Russian organizations, companies and banks.
In conditions when the Japanese government insultingly forbade the Russian President to appear in Tokyo at the state funeral of Shinzo Abe and continues to whip up Russophobia, Moscow sent a special representative of the President of the Russian Federation for international cultural cooperation M. Shvydkoy to the funeral ceremony.
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