Russian forces would be “annihilated” by a Western military response if Vladimir Putin uses nuclear weapons against Ukraine, European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell warned Moscow on Thursday.
At the opening of a Diplomatic Academy in Belgium, Borrell said: “Putin is saying he is not bluffing. Well, he cannot afford to bluff, and it should be clear that the people who support Ukraine and the European Union and the Member States and the United States and NATO are not bluffing either. Any nuclear attack against Ukraine will create a response, not a nuclear response, but a military response so powerful that the Russian military will be annihilated.
Fears that Moscow could use tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine grew after Putin issued veiled threats as he orchestrated the annexation of four occupied regions in the face of battlefield defeats.
USA and NATO
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg has warned Russia of “severe consequences” if it launches a nuclear attack against its pro-Western neighbour. “We will not say exactly how we will respond, but of course it will fundamentally change the nature of the conflict,” Stoltenberg said. “Even any use of smaller nuclear weapons will be a very serious thing,” he added.
A senior NATO official said on Wednesday that Russia’s use of a nuclear weapon in Ukraine “would almost certainly result in a physical response from many allies and potentially from NATO itself.”
The alliance did not even threaten to use its nuclear arsenal to respond, as Ukraine is not covered by its mutual self-defense clause.
you The US and NATO have so far avoided military intervention in the conflict in Ukraine from fear of triggering a catastrophic nuclear conflict with Moscow. “The fundamental purpose of NATO’s nuclear deterrence is to maintain peace and deter aggression and prevent coercion against NATO allies,” Stoltenberg said.
“The circumstances under which NATO might have to use nuclear weapons are extremely remote.” This happens after Russia threatens World War III if its enemy Ukraine gains NATO membership.
Putin warns NATO
Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that the deployment of troops from NATO countries in a hypothetical direct confrontation with the Russian army would lead to “a global catastrophe”, as he said this Friday (14) at a press conference in end of the summit. of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the forum between Central Asian countries and Russia.
“In any case, putting any troops in direct contact, in direct confrontation, with the Russian military is a very dangerous step that could lead to a global catastrophe. I hope that those who are talking about this will be smart enough not to take such dangerous steps,” Putin said when asked about a hypothetical deployment of NATO forces to Ukraine.
At the same time, Putin assured that at this point there is “no need” to continue mass missile attacks against military targets and critical infrastructure in Ukraine. “Other tasks have already been planned, because 7 of the 29 objectives were not achieved as planned by the Ministry of Defense. […] At least for now there is no need to carry out massive attacks, but we will see,” he said. In this regard, he emphasized that Moscow does not pursue the objective of “destroying Ukraine”.
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