‘Don’t, don’t’: Biden urges Putin on nukes

‘Don’t, don’t’: Biden urges Putin on nukes
‘Don’t, don’t’: Biden urges Putin on nukes

US President Joe Biden has urged Russian President Vladimir Putin not to use tactical nuclear or chemical weapons after a series of military casualties in Ukraine.

Asked by an American journalist from the 60 Minutes program on the American network CBS what he would say to Putin if he considered using such weapons, Biden replied: “No. Don’t. Don’t. It would change the face of warfare like never before since World War II.

Ukraine’s military repelled Russian forces in a lightning rout in the country’s northeast last week, putting Putin under pressure from nationalists at home to regain the initiative.

Putin has warned that Moscow will react more forcefully if its troops come under additional pressure, raising fears that it could at some point use unconventional means such as small nuclear or chemical weapons.

Biden said the US response would be “consecutive” – ​​but declined to give specifics.

“[Russia] would become more of an outcast in the world than they ever have been,” Biden said. “Depending on the extent of what they do will determine what response would occur.”

Russian government officials have dismissed Western suggestions that Moscow would use tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine.

Asked about Biden’s comments, RIA Novosti quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying, “Read [Russia’s nuclear] doctrine. Everything is written there. »

According to the Moscow doctrine, nuclear weapons can be used after “an aggression against Russia or its ally with the use of weapons of mass destruction”, or “when the very existence of the state is threatened”.

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said last month that nuclear weapons were not necessary from a military point of view.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has previously said that only conventional weapons will be used in Ukraine.

The threat of Russia potentially using tactical or low-yield nuclear weapons in Ukraine cannot be taken lightly, but the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has not seen much practical evidence supporting that concern, its director, William Burns in April.

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