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Nina Khrushchev, an academic whose great-grandfather was leader of the Soviet Union during the 1962 standoff, warned that the conflict in Ukraine was more dangerous because neither side seemed willing to “stand down.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russia and the West are closer to a nuclear war than during the Cuban Missile Crisis, said Nikita Khrushchev’s great-granddaughter.

Nina Khrushcheva, an academic whose great-grandfather was leader of the Soviet Union during the 1962 standoff, warned that the conflict in Ukraine was more dangerous because neither side seemed willing to “back down.”

Ms Khrushchev said despite a “war of words” during the Cold War, both President John F. Kennedy and Khrushchev agreed to de-escalate once there was a real threat of nuclear action.

Speaking on the Today programme, she said it was “clear” that the current conflict was a proxy war between the West and Russia, in which Ukraine was “to some extent a pawn”.

Ms. Khrushchev, professor of international affairs at the New School in New York, said of the 1962 crisis: “What really saved the world then was that both Khrushchev and Kennedy, whatever they thought of each other’s ideology and They didn’t agree with her, and didn’t want to give in and blink at first, but when the threat of a possible conflict of any kind arose, they immediately backed down.






Nina Khrushchev, great-granddaughter of former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev

“We are closer to nuclear issues than any other path because today I don’t see any side, especially the Russian side, retreating and that really scares me the most.”

She added: “By February 24 it was clear that this was a proxy war because it was Ukraine’s negotiations first with the United States and then with NATO, so that was already a proxy talk and Ukraine was in to some extent a pawn in proportion.”

Their concerns about escalation were echoed by former MI6 chief Sir Alex Younger, who said the “discipline of deterrence” that helped both sides withdraw in 1962 appears to have been lost.

Sir Alex told the program that aggressive rhetoric from Russia was partly an attempt to “harass” and “intimidate” the West, but the situation should still be taken seriously.

“I think in a way we’ve lost the discipline of deterrence,” he said.







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“It’s a very emotional situation we’re in… So I think there are real dangers here, but I think Putin is also essentially trying to bully us and intimidate us by talking about his nuclear weapons.

“He knows full well that the situation is much more complicated. Of course, the West has the ability to retaliate, and it would be in no way a reasonable maneuver on its part to use it.”

But Sir Alex dismissed the argument that the war was a proxy war and warned that such claims could inadvertently strengthen Russia’s position.

“The idea that this is a broader war, that we are in a broader conflict with Russia, just plays with the Russian narrative as they will be pressured because they will be able to tell their people that this is a defensive war.” he said.

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