President Joe Biden at the White House Biden answered a question about the consequences for Russia if it uses nuclear weapons
US President Joe Biden in an interview with the 60 Minutes program on CBS commented on the possibility of the use of weapons of mass destruction by the Russian authorities in connection with the war in Ukraine.
“As the Ukrainian army makes progress on the battlefield, Vladimir Putin may feel cornered. And in this regard, I wonder what you would say to him about the use of chemical weapons or tactical nuclear weapons? journalist Scott Pelly asked Biden.
“Don't do it,” Joe Biden repeated three times, referring to his response. He added that he would also tell Putin that such actions “will change the face of war like nothing since World War II.”
When asked by Pelli about the consequences if Russian President Vladimir Putin crosses this line, the head of the White House said that there would be consequences, but he could not say what exactly. "They will become more outcasts in the world than ever. And depending on what they do, the likely response will determine,” the US president added at the same time.
Russian media later circulated a comment by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. In response to a question from RIA Novosti about whether Russia could use this type of weapon, Peskov suggested reading the country's military doctrine.
Vladimir Putin, at the very beginning of a full-scale military invasion of Ukraine, ordered the containment forces of the Russian army to be placed on a special alert regime. The reason for the decision was called “aggressive statements” senior NATO officials to Russia.
In the following months, Western intelligence experts said they saw no change in the functioning of Russia's nuclear forces.
Earlier this week, the Joe Biden administration announced an additional $600 million military aid package to Kyiv. Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine in late February, Washington has sent more than $15 billion to Kyiv for defense and security needs.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday that Moscow would view it as a “red line” if the United States began supplying Ukraine with longer-range missiles. Washington is now supplying Kyiv with missiles capable of hitting targets up to 50 miles away.
Russia has the largest nuclear arsenal in the world, with 5,977 warheads, about 550 more than the United States. The two countries account for more than 90 percent of the world's warheads, although SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute) estimates that China is in the middle of expanding its arsenal to include more than 300 new missile silos.
< br /> According to the Institute, the total number of nuclear warheads in the world has decreased from 13,080 in January 2021 to 12,705 in January 2022. An estimated 3,732 warheads were deployed on missiles and aircraft, and about 2,000 (nearly all Russian or US-owned) were on high alert.