Russia has right to 'preventative' nuclear strike: general
MOSCOW, Jan 19 (AFP) Jan 19, 2008
Russian army chief Yury Baluevsky on Saturday asserted that the country had the right to use nuclear weapons on a "preventative" basis, news agencies reported.
"We are not planning to attack anyone. But our partners should clearly understand... that the armed forces will be used if necessary to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Russian Federation and its allies, including on a preventative basis, including with the use of nuclear weapons," Baluevsky was quoted as saying by the RIA Novosti news agency.