Nuclear Weapons in Russia's Security Policy

Mirosław Banasik
The subject of research, the results of which are presented in this article, was nuclear weapons and the policy of their use by Russia. The research aimed to determine the role of nuclear weapons in the security policy of the Russian Federation. The study was based on a chronological and problematic approach. The article's content focuses on answering the following research questions: 1) What is the origin of nuclear weapons in the Soviet Union? 2) What was the evolution of nuclear policy and
more » ... uclear policy and strategy of the Soviet Union expressed in? 3) What was the nuclear policy and strategy of the Russian Federation until 2014? 4) What role do nuclear weapons currently play in the aggressive foreign policy of the Russian Federation? 5) What are the real intentions of the Russian authorities to use nuclear weapons? The article focuses on a synthetic presentation of the strategy of using nuclear weapons to achieve the Russian Federation's foreign policy objectives, poorly explored in Polish literature. Based on research, it has been established that Russia's ambitions to use its nuclear potential to achieve political goals are a serious source of threats to international security and increase the risk of global conflict.
doi:10.34862/rbm.2020.2.8 fatcat:raryrdtogbhildtojat4nwbwzi