“For the first time since the Cuban Missile Crisis, we have a direct threat to use nuclear weapons, if things continue in the same direction they did,” Joe Biden said last night.
The president’s remarks came at a campaign event in New York, according to the Reuters news agency.
– We didn’t have a chance “disaster” Biden said since Kennedy and the Cuban missile crisis.
Don’t think Putin is joking
Cuban crisis It was the confrontation that occurred between the United States and the Soviet Union in October 1962.
Then the Soviet Union decided to deploy missiles with nuclear warheads on the Caribbean island, close to the United States.
The crisis between the two superpowers brought a possible nuclear war closer.
In his speech in New York last night, Biden said that Vladimir Putin “is not joking when he talks about the possible use of tactical nuclear, biological or chemical weapons, because his military is notoriously underperforming.” Reuters reports.
The Russian nuclear weapons doctrine states that nuclear weapons can be used when the country’s existence is threatened, and according to Western experts, this principle has not changed, NTB wrote.
big: – very serious
Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store views Biden’s comments as “a comment on what has come, directly or indirectly, from Russian leaders about the potential use of tactical nuclear weapons.”
There is reason to say that in and of itself this is very dangerous, Store tells NRK.
On Joe Biden’s reference to what happened during the Cuban Missile Crisis, in the early 1960s, Store says:
– There were threats against threats. It affected the entire international situation. Perhaps this is what Biden is distancing himself from, and stressing the seriousness of the matter.
– Do you agree?
I note the seriousness of the threat, directly or indirectly, with nuclear weapons, I agree with that, and I think that, of course, it would be disastrous, also for Russia. So, I think it’s a tool that they use most to threaten in difficult situations.
Store says he urges that we “deal with the situation firmly and calmly”.
– This kind of rhetoric from Russia should not cause democracies to become unwise in their responses. We must follow what is happening, the way people are behaving – take our precautions, reject this level of threatening rhetoric, says the Prime Minister.
He referred to nuclear weapons in speech
Vladimir Putin spoke about nuclear weapons in his September 21 speech when he announced a “partial” military mobilization in Russia.
There, his statements were interpreted as hinting at the possible use of nuclear weapons.
On the same day, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called Putin’s remarks “dangerous and reckless nuclear rhetoric.”
“If the country’s territorial integrity is threatened, we will undoubtedly use all the means at our disposal to protect Russia and our people,” Vladimir Putin said in his speech.
– The president said that this is not a hoax, claiming that Russia is “blackmailed with nuclear weapons.”
– Putin said that those trying to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the prevailing winds can blow in their direction.
Jens Stoltenberg later said that “Putin knows very well that a nuclear war will never be fought and cannot be won, and will have unimaginable consequences for Russia.”
The former Russian president and prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, who is now the deputy head of the Security Council in Duma, also hinted at the possible use of nuclear weapons.
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