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EUCOM worried by Russia's non-strategic nuclear weapons

29 March 2017

US European Command's (EUCOM's) biggest concern regarding Russia is its tactical nuclear weapons in Europe and its "troubling doctrine" of using those weapons to try de-escalating conflict.

General Curtis Scaparrotti, head of the EUCOM, told Congress on 28 March what alarms him most is "Moscow's substantial inventory of non-strategic nuclear weapons in the EUCOM [area of operations] and its troubling doctrine that calls on the potential use of these weapons to escalate its way out of a failing conflict".

Russia has a stated doctrine of potentially using tactical nuclear weapons to 'escalate to de-escalate' a conflict when its territorial integrity is in jeopardy; for example if a conventional attack exceeded Russian defensive capacity.

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