International tension continues since Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened to use his nuclear power. On this occasion, it has been the president of the United States, Joe Biden, who has warned that the world could face an “Armageddon” if Putin uses a tactical nuclear weapon to try to win the war in Ukraine.
The US president made his most outspoken remarks to date about the threat of nuclear war, at a Democratic fundraiser in New York, saying it was the closest the world had come to a nuclear catastrophe in sixty years, collects The Guardian .
“We haven’t faced the prospect of Armageddon since Kennedy and the Cuban missile crisis,” he said.
Putin has repeatedly threatened to use Russia’s nuclear arsenal in an effort to dissuade the United States and its allies from supporting Ukraine and helping it resist Russia’s all-out invasion launched in February. One fear is that he could use a short-range “tactical” nuclear weapon to try to stop Ukraine’s counteroffensive and force Kyiv to negotiate and cede territory.
If Russia were to use a nuclear weapon, it would leave the US and its allies with the dilemma of how to respond, and most experts and former officials predict that if Washington does strike back militarily, it will most likely be with conventional weapons, to try to to prevent a rapid escalation to all-out nuclear war. But Biden said Thursday night: “I don’t think there is the ability to easily (use) a tactical nuclear weapon and not end up with Armageddon.”
“For the first time since the Cuban Missile Crisis, we have the threat of a nuclear weapon if indeed things continue the way they are,” the president said. “We’re trying to figure out what Putin’s exit ramp is. Where do you find a way out? Where is he where he not only loses face but significant power?
US intelligence agencies believe that Putin has come to see defeat in Ukraine as an existential threat to his regime, which he associates with an existential threat to Russia, which could justify, in his worldview, the use of nuclear weapons. .
Earlier on Thursday, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Putin understood that “the world will never forgive” a Russian nuclear attack.
“He understands that after the use of nuclear weapons he will no longer be able to preserve, so to speak, his life, and I trust that,” Zelenskiy said.