Ryan Chilcote氏 Over the weekend, we heard President Biden call President Putin a butcher and say that it is impossible for him to remain in power. President Biden then said that he was not advocating for regime change. And yet you have said that the Kremlin still finds these comments alarming. Why?
これに対して、ペスコフ氏も、静かな怒りで返しました。we're really sorry about that.
悲しいなあ～。 うちらのプーチン大統領をバカにしているじゃないか？世界一の国（米国）の大統領が言うような言葉じゃないんじゃない？ なんでそんな言い方をするんだ？・・・ロシアの国民が大統領を決めるのが筋だろう！と、ペスコフ氏は反論しました。 First of all, it's — first of all, it is personal insult. And one can hardly imagine a place for personal insult in rhetorics of a political leader, and especially a political leader of the greatest country in the world, of the United States.・・・・t is people of Russia who are deciding during the elect・・・・
We heard yet another official over the weekend, this time former President Dmitry Medvedev, say that Russia reserves the right to use nuclear weapons if it faces an existential threat, even if the other side has not employed nuclear weapons. So could you please clarify for us what exactly would amount to an existential threat to Russia?
これに対し、ペスコフ氏は、ウクライナにおける special military operation はうまくいくだろうと言いました。 そして、special military operation は、核の使用と直接は関係せず、別物だ！と言ったんです。 両者は関係しないと・・・。
We have a security concept that very clearly states that only when there is a threat for existence of the state in our country, we can use and we will actually use nuclear weapons to eliminate the threat or the existence of our country.
Let's keep all this — well, let's keep these two things separate, I mean, existence of the state and special military operation in Ukraine. They have nothing to do with each other.
But, at the same time, if you remember the statement of the president when he ordered the operation on the 24th of February, there was a part of his statement warning different states not to interfere in the affairs between Ukraine and Russia during this operation. He was very strict in his warning, and he was quite tough on that. And I think that everyone understands what he meant.
Well, he meant that he would use nuclear weapons? He was suggesting he would use nuclear weapons if a third party got involved in the conflict?
これに対しては、ペスコフ氏は No, I don't think so. I don't think so. と一旦、はっきりと否定するのですが、それでも but で文章をつなげて、ペスコフ氏は話題をあいまいにします。
International Criminal Court（ICC）を持ち出しまして、ロシアの非常さをペスコフ氏に問いただしました。 ICCの検察官がロシアへの調査を開始したが、ICCの検察官は、ロシアの協力が得られないと言っているが、ロシアはICCに協力する気は無いのか？
We do not accept the jurisdiction of ICC. We did not — we did not acknowledge it before, and we do not accept it right now. And we are not going to accept it further.
ペスコフ氏によると、ウクライナの町の破壊や市民への攻撃は、ロシア軍によるものでないと言っています。 ロシア軍はしっかりトレーニングされているから民間施設は攻撃しないと、ペスコフ氏はいっているんです。 市民攻撃は、ウクライナ内のナチ Nazi battalions によるものだということです。
So, about the civilian targets, actually, it is a very important question. You have to know that, from the very beginning of these special operations, Russian military had a very strict order from the chief commander not to aim at civilian targets. And they are not doing that.
They are not shelling houses. They are not shelling apartments. They are not shelling civil objects. They are only shelling and they're aiming of military infrastructure, in the context of one of the main goals of the operation, demilitarization of Ukraine.
Then who is ruining the infrastructure, the civil infrastructure of Mariupol, for example? Those Nazi battalions inside Mariupol, they're simply killing those who would like to escape from the city. And these Nazi battalions, they are using the apartments as a shelter for their guns, for their armaments, for their tanks, for their snipers. That is causing the reciprocal fire.
So, it is not Russian military who are doing that.
But we're wise enough to understand that, previously, before, prior to the operation, NATO was doing the same, but with a smile on its face and gradually. We're deeply convinced that NATO machine is not a machine of cooperation and is not a machine of security. It's a machine of confrontation.
The problem is, of course, that such declaratory policy is highly elastic, in that, if Putin sees what in his eyes is an existential threat coming out of the war in Ukraine, he can turn things around and come up with a justification himself.
And the reason why Western leaders have been on edge about this is, in the immediate aftermath of Putin's launch of the war on February 24, he cited unfriendly actions by NATO countries, including the imposition of economic sanctions, as justification for raising the alert level of Russia's nuclear forces.
He wasn't pointing to anything specific as providing that justification. And that, I think, sort of made people in various Western capitals nervous that Putin was getting a little bit overanxious to waive his nuclear saber.