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Escalation and Nuclear Weapons in Russia’s Military Strategy

Katarzyna Zysk
RUSI Journal, 25 May 2018
Russia, Defence Policy, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy, Europe
The development of Russia's nuclear weapons programme suggests that the country may be prepared to use them to offset its conventional weaknesses.

The assessment that Russia envisages limited nuclear first use, potentially including low-yield nuclear weapons, as a coercive advantage over a symmetrical adversary has contributed to justify additional capabilities in the US nuclear arsenal. Contrary to the critics’ claims, Katarzyna Zysk shows that the Russian military strategy has been corroborated in strategic documents and official statements, defence acquisition programmes and deployments, and operational pattern.

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