FSB Chief accuses NATO of preparing for nuclear strikes on Russia

General Vladimir Kulishov, who heads the border service branch of the FSB, told Russian state news agency RIA Novosti that the Kremlin is concerned over increased NATO activities near Russia’s borders. 

An intelligence chief from Russia’s powerful FSB security service has issued an alarming accusation – claiming that NATO countries are working on scenarios to conduct nuclear weapons strikes against Russian territory. The allegations come as tensions continue to escalate between Moscow and the Western military alliance over the Ukraine war.

General Vladimir Kulishov, who heads the border service branch of the FSB, told Russian state news agency RIA Novosti that the Kremlin is concerned over increased NATO activities near Russia’s borders.

However, Kulishov went much further, alleging in stark terms: Scenarios for conducting hostilities against the Russian Federation are being worked out, including nuclear strikes on our territory.

The unsubstantiated claims of NATO preparing for potential nuclear attacks on Russia reflect a new rhetorical escalation at an already fraught moment. They coincide with a spike in nuclear weapons posturing from Moscow itself.

Just this month, President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian military forces to practice the deployment of tactical nuclear weapons, citing perceived threats from the West. The Kremlin has increasingly framed the Ukraine conflict as a proxy war against NATO members supporting Kyiv.

While providing military aid to Ukraine, NATO has sought to avoid confrontation with Russia that could risk an uncontrolled escalation to nuclear war. However, the alliance’s expansion to include Sweden and Finland as new members has further inflamed tensions.

Kulishov’s inflammatory rhetoric appears aimed at rallying domestic Russian support by portraying NATO as an existential threat preparing for strikes at the heart of the country’s territory. Whether evidence exists for such scenarios remains unclear.

Newsweek reached out to NATO for comment on the FSB claims but did not immediately receive a response.

As Russia’s Ukraine invasion continues to meet stiff resistance, the nuclear strike accusations point to potential new escalatory tactics from the Kremlin to raise the stakes in the geopolitical standoff with the West.