The American establishment still buys into the ?dangerous delusion? of a preventative nuclear first strike, Russia's security chief has said
US politicians are "held captive by their own propaganda" and still believe that Washington could deliver a fatal nuclear 'first strike' against Russia, the secretary of the Russian Security Council, Nikolay Patrushev, has said.
That Cold War-era strategy, however, is nothing but a "dangerous" and "short-sighted" delusion nowadays, Patrushev said in an interview with the newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta published on Monday.
"Held captive by their own propaganda, American politicians for some reason remain confident that in the event of a direct conflict with Russia, the US is capable of delivering a preventive missile strike, after which Russia will no longer be able to respond. This is a short-sighted delusion, and a very dangerous one," Patrushev stated.
The 'first strike' strategy dates back to the early days of the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the US. Its proponents believe that achieving a certain advantage in nuclear warheads and means of delivery would allow a preemptive strike on an adversary without suffering an equally destructive retaliation. The concept was among the primary reasons behind the Cold War-era arms race, with both sides fearing a first strike at various points.
Nowadays, however, Russia possesses state-of-the-art weapons that Patrushev warned are capable of defeating any opponent, should the country's existence be threatened.
"Forgetting the lessons of history, some in the West are already talking about revanche, which will lead to a military victory over Russia," he stated.
Moreover, Moscow no longer believes it would be "appropriate" to help the US once again defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity should it be threatened, the security official stated.
"[Russia] saved the US at least twice - during the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. But I believe that this time, helping the US to maintain its integrity would be inappropriate," Patrushev said.