Russia to Consider Any Incoming Ballistic Missile as Nuclear
Russia issued a warning to the United States on Friday that any ballistic missile fired in their direction will be interpreted as a nuclear attack.
In an article published in Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star), Major General Andrei Sterlin and Colonel Alexander Khryapin explained that because defense systems cannot tell whether ballistic missiles are equipped with a nuclear warhead, the assumption will be that they are.
“Any attacking missile will be perceived as carrying a nuclear warhead,” the article said. “The information about the missile launch will be automatically relayed to the Russian military-political leadership, which will determine the scope of retaliatory action by nuclear forces depending on the evolving situation.”