President Joe Biden thinks Vladimir Putin would not use nuclear weapons.
In stark contrast to his warning of a “nuclear Armageddon” last week, Biden said during an interview with CNN, “I think he’s a rational actor who’s miscalculated significantly.”
When asked if Putin could resort to using a tactical nuclear weapon, Biden replied, “I don’t think he will.”
However, the President added: “I think it’s irresponsible of him to talk about it, the idea of a world leader of one of the largest nuclear powers in the world saying he could use a tactical nuclear weapon in Ukraine.”
Biden’s remarks during the interview contrasted with a speech he gave at a Democratic fundraiser Thursday night.
“We haven’t faced the prospect of Armageddon since Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis,” he had said, according to the Associated Press (AP), while adding that the threat was real because “its military is – you could say – well below par is”.
However, during the interview with CNN, Biden refused to discuss America’s possible response if Moscow uses nuclear weapons.
“I won’t go into that. It would be irresponsible of me to talk about what we would or wouldn’t do,” he told CNN.
The statement by the President of the United States comes as Russian troops have suffered a series of defeats in Ukraine over the past month.
Hours before the interview, Biden had attended a virtual meeting with G7 leaders. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy also attended the meeting and stressed the need to improve Kiev’s air defense systems. Zelenskyy added that Russia had fired more than 100 rockets and dozens of drones at Ukraine in the past two days.
Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, has previously clarified that the Kremlin will only use nuclear weapons if it faces “imminent destruction,” the AP reported.
Russia’s possible use of nuclear weapons has previously been denounced by alliances such as NATO.
“Russia knows that a nuclear war can never be won and must never be fought,” Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said this week.
Stoltenberg added the alliance will conduct annual drills to test its readiness to respond to nuclear attacks. The exercise is scheduled for next week. He added that abandoning a “long-term planned routine exercise” would send the wrong signal.
NATO’s nuclear planning group has also scheduled a meeting for Thursday.
NATO does not have its own nuclear weapons. The United States, United Kingdom and France are the only member states to own the weapons individually.
https://www.ibtimes.com.au/i-think-he-rational-actor-biden-says-putin-unlikely-use-nuclear-weapons-1839446?utm_source=Public&utm_medium=Feed&utm_campaign=Distribution Biden Says Putin Likely Not To Use Nuclear Weapons