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Nuclear weapons: The consequences will be “catastrophic” – USA warns Putin
The United States has stated that it would respond firmly to any Russian use of nuclear weapons against Ukraine.
This was announced by the US National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, in an interview with NBC on Sunday.
Sullivan said the United States had made clear to Moscow the “catastrophic consequences” it would face.
The warning came after Vladimir Putin issued a nuclear threat in a speech last Wednesday.
Sullivan stated, “If Russia crosses that line, it will have catastrophic consequences for Russia. The United States will respond decisively.”
Although he did not describe the nature of the planned US response, he said the United States had privately spelled out in more detail what it would mean.
According to him, the United States has been in frequent, direct contact with Russia, including in recent days, to discuss the situation in Ukraine and Putin’s actions and threats.
US President Joe Biden, in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday, had accused Putin of making “overt nuclear threats against Europe” with reckless disregard for nuclear non-proliferation responsibilities.
Russia also held a referendum in four eastern Ukrainian regions to annex territories captured by Russian forces during their invasion of Ukraine, which began in February.
Ukraine and its allies have called the referendums a sham to justify an escalation of the war and Putin’s mobilisation efforts after recent losses on the battlefield.
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