The White House’s message was deliberately vague to make the Kremlin uncomfortable about the worst-case option, the agency reported.
The United States has separately warned Russia of serious consequences if Moscow uses nuclear weapons in the Ukraine conflict, the Washington Post reported on Thursday. According to US officials cited by the firm, the administration of US President Joe Biden, however, has chosen to keep its message on the matter vague.
The Post’s sources note that communication with Moscow on the nuclear issue has taken place in recent months. While U.S. officials declined to say who delivered the messages and what exactly they said, the ambiguity is said to be nurturing.”strategic ambiguity“And let the Kremlin guess how the US will react if Russia deploys nuclear weapons.
Meanwhile, the source noted that it is also unclear whether Washington has been in contact with Moscow since Wednesday, when Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial military deployment and pledged to use “all means“Necessary to protect the territorial integrity of the country against external threats.
However, US officials point out that there is no indication that Russia is moving its nuclear assets in preparation for a nuclear attack, according to the Washington Post.
On Thursday, Dmitry Medvedev, the former Russian president, said that Moscow could use nuclear weapons to defend its territory, including the Donbass republics and the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions, if it decides to join Russia.
Washington’s nuclear warning report comes after US President Joe Biden last week warned Russia that if it used weapons of mass destruction in Ukraine, it would face dire consequences. harsh and go global”pariah. “
However, in mid-August, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu dismissed claims that Moscow could use nuclear weapons in the neighboring country as “silly“, stating that there is no target in Ukraine that can warrant doing so.
Russia’s current nuclear doctrine authorizes the use of nuclear weapons in the event of a first nuclear attack on its territory or infrastructure, or if the existence of the Russian state is compromised. threatened by nuclear or conventional weapons.