Putin signs Russia’s nuclear deterrent policy

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin has endorsed Russia’s nuclear deterrent policy which allows him to use atomic weapons in response to a conventional strike targeting the nation’s critical government and military infrastructure. The new document is in line with Russian military doctrine and reaffirms that the president could order nuclear retaliation in response to a nuclear attack or aggression involving conventional weapons that “threatens the very existence of the state.” But the policy document now offers a detailed description of situations that could trigger the use of nuclear weapons. They include an enemy strike on “critically important government or military facilities of the Russian Federation.”