You United States haven’t seen the Russia take any action that suggests it is contemplating the use of nuclear weapons in the midst of the invasion of UkraineUS Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday, despite what he called “soft talk” by the Russian president, Vladimir Putin. about its possible use.
“We are looking very carefully to see if Russia is actually doing anything that suggests it is contemplating the use of nuclear weapons. So far, we haven’t seen them take those actions,” Blinken told a news conference in Washington alongside her Canadian counterpart.
“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 a swath of Ukraine, the biggest annexation in Europe since World War II.
Putin 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 would use all available means to defend Russian territory and has accused the West, without offering evidence, of discussing a possible nuclear attack on Russia.
Putin said on Friday that the United States had set a precedent when it dropped two atomic bombs on Japan in 1945, but did not go so far as to suggest new nuclear threats against Ukraine.
Pentagon spokesman Brigadier General Patrick Ryder said this week that the United States has not seen any change that would lead it to alter the stance of US nuclear forces.
Putin controls the world’s largest nuclear arsenal, including a new generation of hypersonic weapons and 10 times more tactical nuclear weapons than the West.
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