Putin Says Nuclear Risk Rising, But Russia Hasn’t ‘Gone Mad’

At a glance

  • During Russia’s annual human rights council meeting, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that the threat of a nuclear war is “growing.”
  • He insisted, however, that his country would not use its nuclear weapons first and would only do so in response to an attack.
  • “We have not gone mad, we are aware of what nuclear weapons are,” Putin said, adding that, “We aren’t about to run around the world brandishing this weapon like a razor.”

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