The comment came amid Western concern that the conflict could turn into a nuclear war.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday that Russia would use nuclear weapons only if its existence was threatened, Tass news agency reported.
The comments came nearly four weeks after Russia sent its troops to Ukraine amid Western concerns that the conflict there could turn into a nuclear war.
Tass did not provide further details.
President Vladimir Putin last month ordered Russia’s nuclear forces to be put on high alert. In line with the order, Russia’s Defense Ministry said on February 28 that its nuclear missile forces and the Northern and Pacific Fleets were placed on increased combat duty, Interfax news agency reported.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on 14 March: “The prospect of a nuclear conflict, once unimaginable, is now back in the realm of possibility.”
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