Putin at the funeral with a ‘nuclear bag’… “Attack anytime” threat?

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the funeral of Vladimir Zhirinovsky, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, at the Rotunda of the Capitol in Moscow on the 8th (local time). [이미지출처=연합뉴스]

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[아시아경제 황수미 기자] Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared with a security guard carrying a nuclear bag, foreign media reported.

According to The Times on the 9th (local time), Putin attended the funeral of Vladimir Zhirinovsky, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, the day before.

At the time, foreign media reported that a bodyguard was caught holding a bag believed to be ‘Cheget’ behind Putin’s wreath.

Cheghett refers to the nuclear bag that the Russian president has carried since the Soviet era. It is known that the inside contains a button that can remotely launch a missile equipped with a nuclear weapon and a nuclear attack code.

Foreign media reported that Putin, who had been stalled since the invasion of Ukraine, appeared to be carrying a nuclear bag to show that he could use a nuclear weapon at any time.

Some analysts say that Putin was preparing for a possible assassination threat, as access to other mourners was blocked when he visited the funeral home.

Meanwhile, the West, including the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), are concerned that Russia may launch a nuclear attack in order to escape the struggling situation in which it invaded Ukraine.

Kremlin spokeswoman Dmitry Peskov said on the 28th of last month that “Our concept of security states that we can use nuclear weapons only when there is a threat to Russia’s existence and that we will use nuclear weapons to eliminate that threat.”

It is a statement that Russia will not use nuclear weapons simply to win the war in Ukraine.

However, Sergei Karaganov, an honorary chairman of the Russian Foreign and Defense Administration Committee, a close aide to Putin, said that if the war situation worsens, there is a possibility of using nuclear weapons.

In an interview with the British weekly New Statesman on the 3rd, Karaganov mentioned several times that the crisis could increase if Russia is threatened with existential threats. He also replied “can’t rule out” when asked if it would include the use of nuclear weapons or war in territories outside Ukraine.

Reporter Hwang Su-mi [email protected]

Source: 아시아경제신문 실시간 속보 by www.asiae.co.kr.

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