Our concept is the retaliatory strike. This means that we will use nuclear weapons only when we have been convinced that a potential aggressor is attacking Russia, attacking our territory. Of course it is a world-wide catastrophe. But I repeat, we would not be the initiators of such a catastrophe because we do not have a preemptive strike .
Well, in that situation we are in a way waiting that someone uses nuclear weapons against us and we ourselves do nothing.
Yes, of course. The aggressor will have to understand that retaliation is inevitable, that he will be destroyed and that we, as victims of aggression, as martyrs, will go to heaven. They will simply croak because they won't even have time to repent.
The key sentence is in red. Apparently, Putin does not sufficiently mind that he and everyone around him would die. Which would mean that the MAD doctrine that worked during the Cold War might start faltering even with the Russians, not only the Iranians.