US doesn’t believe Russia will use nukes in Ukraine

The Pentagon condemns the ‘act of launching nuclear swords’, asserting that the Russian President is only talking

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria in an interview that will air Sunday.

While stating that “no check on [Russian President Vladimir] Putin“, Austin refutes recent statements by the Russian president – including a warning that he does not”fool“About his willingness to use nuclear weapons”to protect Russia and our people”- totally unfit for a global superpower.

The bang of this nuclear sword is not something we would expect to hear from the leaders of the great powers of the great powers.,” Austin said. “As [Putin] made the irresponsible decision to invade Ukraine, you know, he could have made a different decision“To use nuclear weapons there.

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But I don’t see anything right now that would lead me to believe that he made such a decision“The defense minister reasoned.

Austin revealed that although he is not in contact with his Russian counterpart Sergey Shoigu “recently“Earlier you warned the defense minister not to”go down this road and commit this kind of irresponsible behavior. Shoigu has repeatedly stated that Russia’s nuclear doctrine only permits the use of such weapons when “the very existence of the state is at stake“And last month rejected the concept of using nuclear weapons in Ukraine as”silly. “

The head of the Pentagon also denied “declaration of annexation“For Kherson, Zaporozhye, Donetsk and Lugansk are”illegal,It echoes the official positions taken by the Biden administration and NATO in last week’s referendums in the former territories of Ukraine. After the residents of the regions overwhelmingly voted to become part of Russia, the documents on their accession were signed on Friday and are now awaiting parliamentary approval.

Washington has repeatedly warned Russia against the use of nuclear weapons, threatening “disastrous“consequences. Meanwhile, Ukraine continues to build the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, making the world”on the brink of nuclear disasterAccording to the Chairman of the State Duma of Russia Vyacheslav Volodin.

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American officials have so far shied away from their precise response to a Russian nuclear attack. President Joe Biden merely warned that Russia would become an international “pariah“Indicates that Washington’s response will depend”about the extent of what they do. “U.S. officials told the Washington Post last month that the warnings were intentionally vague and were issued with the intent to create”strategic ambiguity“And keep the Kremlin in check on response.


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