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US has warned Russia about nuclear war rhetoric, says Antony Blinken

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said U.S. officials had warned their Russian counterparts, both publicly and privately, not to “speak freely” about nuclear war.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been accused by Western leaders of a nuclear weapons threat after denying a bluff in a pre-recorded speech on April 21. “

“Those who are trying to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the tide can even turn their way,” Putin said, claiming that — without evidence — senior NATO officials questioned the chances of using such weapons against Russia. fixed.

In the same speech, he described the mobilization of another 300,000 reservists to be sent to the entrance amid a series of setbacks for Russian troops in Ukraine.

Anthony Blinken at the UN General Assembly
Secretary of State Anthony Blinken speaks at the United Nations Security Council General Assembly at United Nations Headquarters in Metropolitan New York on September 22, 2022. Blinken said on Sunday that U.S. military officials had warned their Russian counterparts not to start a nuclear war.
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Discussions about war and potential nuclear risks dominated the annual general meeting of the UN Commons meeting in New York last week. The summit featured more than 120 world leaders, as well as US President Joe Biden.

“We have heard all kinds of irresponsible rhetoric from Vladimir Putin, but our focus is to make sure we all act responsibly, especially in relation to this free speech. We have now made it very clear Show that the Russians, both publicly and privately, are going to stop freely discussing nuclear weapons,” Blinken said on CBS’ 60 Minutes.

He privately confirmed that U.S. officials have been in touch with the Kremlin over the threat of nuclear war.

“It’s vital that Moscow listens to us and realizes from us that the outcome could be dire, and we’ve made that very clear. Vladimir Putin has a problem with the war he started. The transparent way is to end it. When Russia ends the war is over. If Ukraine stops fighting, Ukraine is finished.”

Asked if anyone in the Kremlin might say “no” to Vladimir Putin’s decision to drop nuclear weapons on the battlefield, Blinken said: “You might have a series of orders. Is it really effective yet?” It remains to be seen. I believe you are referring to a bigger problem which is the Achilles heel of all dictatorships everywhere – usually no one has the flexibility or willingness to tell these people the reality and one motive I believe is Russia In itself, even if it’s in trouble, it’s because no one in the system can successfully tell Putin that what he’s doing is wrong.”

Last week, Joe Biden said in an interview with CBS 60 Minutes that Russia’s resort to nuclear weapons would trigger a “sustained” U.S. response.

Pressed on what he meant, Blinken did not elaborate.

“I can’t say for sure what the outcome might be. In fact, any use of nuclear weapons would be catastrophic for the country that used it, but it is also true for many other countries.”

He said the Biden administration has a plan.

“President Biden’s goal is that we will do everything we can to help the Ukrainians defend themselves, and we will do everything we can to unite the different international sites to put pressure on Russia. We also found that this war has not increased, nor No expansion.”

Information week The Russian Foreign Ministry has been asked to comment.

On September 23, former Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, who served as Prime Minister Putin from 2000 to 2004, said Information week Putin may well be bluffing the use of nuclear weapons.

Anthony Blinken says US has warned Russia over nuclear war rhetoric

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