ON CALLS FOR NUCLEAR WAR
Council for Foreign and Defense Policy | #NEWS
Statement of the Council for Foreign and Defense Policy (SWAP)
Recently, statements and speeches have been made, including by some members of the SWAP, promoting, albeit with many reservations, the idea of a preventive nuclear strike by Russia in the event of a negative development of the military operation in Ukraine and its adjacent territories. The authors not only speculate about the use of tactical nuclear weapons on the territory of Ukraine, but also propose to attack the founding members of NATO.
We are well aware of the results of long-standing and recent studies on the potential damage of this war. It is highly irresponsible to hope that a limited nuclear conflict can be managed and prevented from escalating into a global nuclear war. This means that tens or even hundreds of millions of human lives in Russia, Europe, China, the United States, and other parts of the world, are at stake. It is a direct threat to humankind.
Our country, destroyed by this disaster, and our people, disorganized by this war, would also face the threat of losing their sovereignty under the pressure of the surviving nations in the south.
It is unacceptable that pseudo-theoretical considerations and emotional statements, like in some talk show, create such sentiments in the society that could lead to disastrous decisions.
These are no longer theoretical concepts. They are not only a direct threat to all of humanity, but also a very concrete proposal to kill all the people whom we care about and love.
We, the members of the Council for Foreign and Defense Policy, find such statements absolutely unacceptable and condemn them unequivocally.
No one should ever blackmail humanity with the threat of nuclear weapons, let alone give the order their use in combat.
We invite all members of the SWAP to endorse this statement.
List of SWAP members who signed the Statement
ON CALLS FOR NUCLEAR WAR
President of the Association for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation; Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation
Deputy Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe; Head of the Center for International Security at the National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), RAS Academician
Research Programs Director at the European Dialogues Discussion Forum; Head of the Department for European Political Studies (DEPS) at IMEMO (RAS)
International Projects Director at SWAP
Editor-in-chief of Russky Mir.ru magazine
President of Sovershenno Sekretno Media Holding
Director for Corporate Relations at Yandex Go
Senior Deputy Editor-in-chief of Ezhednevny Jurnal online magazine
Editor-in-chief at Vremya Publishing House, SWAP member
Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe, Chief Researcher at the Center for International Security at IMEMO (RAS); Professor, Ph.D., Major General (retired)
Head of the Finance and Credit Department, School of Economics, Lomonosov Moscow State University (LMSU)
Editor-in-chief of Echo Peterburga radio station and Diletant history magazine
Vice President of Eurofinansy Investment Company
Deputy Director of the Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies (RAS); President of the Foundation for Support of Military Reform; Major General (retired)
Professor at the Department of General Political Science, School of Politics and Governance, National Research University Higher School of Economics (NRU HSE); Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Politeia Journal of Political Theory, Political Philosophy and Sociology of Politics; mediator at the Politeia Research Seminar named after Aleksei Salmin
Chairman of the Board of Directors of VLM-Invest. Agency to Promote the Development of Economic Institutions; Head of Rosgosstrakh Expert Council
NRU HSE Professor, member of the Supervisory Board of the International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe, Doctor of Science
Head of the Department of Information Support of Foreign Policy, School of World Politics at LMSU, Professor; Chairman of the Board of the Russian Social and Business Promotion Center Foundation
Chairman of EPPA – European Consultants
Deputy Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe; Head of the Section of Military-Political Analysis and Research Projects at IMEMO (RAS); Professor at MGIMO University, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (MFA)
Research Advisor at Inteltek Center for Innovations and Information Technology; member of the Operative Collegial Body at Skolkovo Foundation, member of the Public Council at the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation; Research Advisor at Informexpertiza; Vice President of the League for Assistance to the Defense Enterprises of Russia
SWAP member, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation
CEO of METRO-NAVTIKA, Deputy Board Chairman of the Centre on Promoting Russian-American Rapprochement
Plenipotentiary Representative of the St Petersburg University of Management Technologies and Economics; President of Respublika Foundation (St Petersburg)
Director of the Intellectual Property Legal Protection Center; Assistant Professor at the School of Journalism at LMSU; Assistant Professor at the Department of Advocacy, MGIMO University (MFA)
Professor of the Department of Risk Management and Insurance, Leading Researcher at the Sustainable Development Center, MGIMO University (MFA)