WASHINGTON, DC — Following statements by Russian President Vladimir Putin and several of his top officials regarding the potential use of their nuclear arsenal in response to alleged threats to the country, the White House on Sunday sent a dire warning to the Kremlin to think carefully. about their next steps on the world stage.
During an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said Russia’s wrong move on nuclear weapons could spell disaster for them.
“Let me say it clearly: if Russia crosses this border, there will be catastrophic consequences for Russia,” Sullivan said.
Last week, amid his country’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, Putin instituted an extremely unpopular conscription to bolster his military forces and threatened his opponents that any attempt to intimidate Russia with in-kind nuclear deterrents will be met.
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“This is not a bluff,” Putin said. “And those who are trying to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the weather vane can turn and point at them.”
Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev last week went one step further, blatantly declaring that Russia would indeed use their nuclear weapons if their borders were threatened.
During Sunday’s interview, Sullivan noted that if Russia were reckless enough to use nuclear weapons, the United States will provide an answer, although he did not explain what that answer would be, saying instead he would prefer to deal directly with Russia. supreme command would deal with.
“The United States will react decisively,” Sullivan said. “Now we have explained in more detail in private channels exactly what that would mean, but we want to have the credibility to speak directly to the senior leadership in Russia and explain to them what the consequences would be without getting into a rhetorical tit for tat publicly.”
Last Wednesday, President Joe Biden, speaking at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, stated that Russia was making “overt nuclear threats against Europe.”