WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has yet to see Russia take any action suggesting it is considering the use of nuclear weapons amid the invasion of Ukraine, the Secretary of State said on Friday. American state Antony Blinken, despite what he called Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “soft talk”. on its possible use.
“We are looking very carefully at whether Russia is actually doing anything that suggests they are considering the use of nuclear weapons. So far, we haven’t seen them take those steps,” Blinken told a conference. press officer in Washington alongside his counterpart. Canadian.
“This kind of soft talk about nuclear weapons is the height of irresponsibility and it’s something we take very seriously,” Blinken said.
Putin on Friday proclaimed the annexation of part of Ukraine, the largest annexation in Europe since World War II. Putin has also promised to carry out what he calls a “special military operation” in Ukraine. Russia launched its invasion in February.
In recent weeks, Putin has explicitly warned the West that Russia will use all available means to defend Russian territory and accused the West, without providing evidence, of discussing a possible nuclear attack on Russia. Putin said on Friday that the United States had set a precedent by dropping two atomic bombs on Japan in 1945, but had stopped short of suggesting new nuclear threats against Ukraine.
Pentagon spokesman Brigadier General Patrick Ryder said this week that the United States has seen no changes that would cause it to alter the position of US nuclear forces.
Putin controls the largest nuclear arsenal in the world, including a new generation of hypersonic weapons and 10 times more tactical nuclear weapons than the West.
(Reporting by Simon Lewis and Humeyra Pamuk)
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