As Russia’s military leadership experienced a rare internal popular backlash over the war in Ukraine, US President Joe Biden referred to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s threat to deploy nuclear weapons as the largest such danger since the Cuban Missile Crisis.
As Vladimir Putin’s seven-month assault comes to an end, Ukraine’s soldiers, according to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, are quickly retaking more land, particularly in the south of the nation.
In his remarks, Biden warned that Putin was “not joking when he talks about the potential use of tactical nuclear weapons or biological or chemical weapons, because his military is, you might say, significantly underperforming,” and that the United States was “trying to figure out” his exit strategy from the conflict.
If events continue on their current course, we face a direct threat from the deployment of nuclear weapons for the first time since the Cuban Missile Crisis, Biden told Democratic fundraisers in New York.
Since Kennedy and the Cuban missile crisis, he claimed, “we have not had to deal with the possibility of Armageddon.”
In the 1962 crisis over the placement of Soviet missiles in Cuba, President John F. Kennedy of the United States and Nikita Khrushchev of the Soviet Union came dangerously near to using nuclear weapons.
Biden remarked, “I don’t think there’s any way to use a tactical nuclear weapon easily and not have Armageddon happen.
Putin, who turns 70 on Friday, has threatened to protest Russian soil, which he now claims includes four Ukrainian territories he annexed, by any means necessary, including using Russia’s nuclear arsenal.
In statements to Australia’s Lowy Institute, Zelenskiy advocated for NATO to attack Russia in advance to prevent it from using nuclear weapons.
According to the RIA news agency, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov condemned the remarks as “an invitation to ignite yet another world conflict with unforeseen, horrible repercussions.”