Biden says Russia-Ukraine war puts threat of nuclear ‘Armageddon’ at highest level since Cuban Missile Crisis

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New York – President Joe Biden said Thursday that the danger of a nuclear “Armageddon” is at its highest level since the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. After experiencing it, he talks about the possibility of using tactical nuclear weapons.

Biden said at a fundraiser for the Democratic Senate Election Committee that Russian President Vladimir Putin is “someone I know pretty well” and that Russian leaders “talk about the use of tactical nuclear weapons and the use of biological and chemical weapons.” I’m not kidding when.”

Biden added, “I haven’t faced the possibility of Armageddon since President Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis.” He suggested that Putin’s threat was genuine.

Biden’s remarks, which were the toughest of Washington’s previous warnings on the nuclear issue, have warned Russia against weapons of mass destruction in Ukraine as it faces a series of strategic setbacks on the battlefield. US officials have warned for months of the potential use.

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It was not immediately clear whether Biden was referring to a new assessment of Russia’s intentions. But as recently as this week, U.S. officials said Russia’s nuclear arsenal had not changed enough to warrant a change in U.S. nuclear force posture.

White House spokeswoman Carine Jean-Pierre said on Tuesday that “we see no reason to adjust the strategic nuclear regime, and there is no indication that Russia is preparing for the imminent use of nuclear weapons.”

The 13-day confrontation in 1962, which followed the U.S. discovery that the Soviet Union had secretly stationed nuclear weapons in Cuba, put the world closer than ever to nuclear annihilation, experts say. I consider it. The crisis during the administration of President John F. Kennedy triggered a renewed focus on arms control on both sides of the Iron Curtain.

Biden also challenged Russia’s nuclear policy, warning that the use of low-yield tactical weapons could spiral out of control and lead to global destruction.

“I don’t think tactical nuclear weapons are easy to use and not armageddon,” Biden said.

He added that he was still “trying to understand” Putin’s “offramp” in Ukraine.

“Where will he find a way out?” Biden asked. “Where is he in such a position that he not only loses face, but loses so much power in Russia?”

Putin has repeatedly hinted at the use of his country’s vast nuclear arsenal, including last month when he announced plans to recruit a Russian man to Ukraine.

Putin said, “I want you to remember that our country also has various means of destruction … And when our territorial integrity is threatened, we will use all at our disposal to protect Russia and our people. We will definitely use the means,” he said. On September 21, he stared into the camera and added, “It’s not a bluff.”

White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said last week that the United States was “clear” to Russia about what the “consequences” of using nuclear weapons in Ukraine would be.

“We take it very seriously and are in direct contact with Russia, including how we will react decisively if the U.S. goes down a dark path,” Sullivan said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Thursday that Putin understood that “the world will never allow” a Russian nuclear attack.

“He understands that after the use of nuclear weapons he will not be able to sustain his life, so to speak, and I am sure of that.

Biden’s comments were made during a private fundraiser for Democratic Senate candidates at James and Kathryn Murdoch’s Manhattan home. In environments where they are unprepared, they tend to be more vulnerable and often speak in rough notes.

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