“We do not believe that President Putin has now decided to use nuclear weapons.

I repeat, we take this very seriously, ”TASS quotes him.

Earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that NATO countries should launch preemptive strikes against Russia to prevent Moscow from using nuclear weapons.

The press secretary of the Russian leader, Dmitry Peskov, said that the United States and Britain, which de facto direct the activities of Kyiv, should be held responsible for the statements of the Ukrainian president.

The Kremlin has repeatedly noted that Russia can use nuclear weapons only in accordance with the provisions of its nuclear doctrine.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the inadmissibility of nuclear war is Russia's principled position.