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The prohibition on threatening to use

The Nuclear Weapons Ban Monitor finds that Russia, North Korea, and France in 2022 acted in contravention of the TPNW’s prohibition on threatening to use nuclear weapons. It is hard to recall a year with more nuclear sabre-rattling than 2022. The overwhelming majority of the provocative statements regarding potential use of nuclear weapons were made by Russia’s president Vladimir Putin and other senior Russian officials in an attempt to prevent NATO involvement in the war in Ukraine, heightening tensions and increasing the risk of nuclear calamity.

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Russian operator presses the button when a Yars intercontinental ballistic missile was test-fired as part of a Russian nuclear drill on 26 October 2022, in Plesetsk, north-western Russia. Photo: Photo by Russian Defense Ministry Press O/UPI/Shutterstock/NTB