Joe Biden and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called Russia's recent nuclear threats “irresponsible”

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The two leaders pledged to provide Ukraine with the economic, humanitarian and security support it needs to defend itself against Moscow's aggression

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Joe Biden and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called Russia's recent nuclear-threats “irresponsible” recent nuclear threats from Russia

US President Joe Biden speaks with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz during a summit of European Union leaders amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on 24 March 2022 (Michael Kappeler/Pool via REUTERS)

The US President, Joe Biden, and the German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, held this Sunday a telephone conversation in which they agreed to qualify the recent Russian nuclear threats as “irresponsible”.

“Leaders have agreed that Russia's recent nuclear threats are irresponsible,” the White House said in an official statement.

“They have underscored their continued commitment to the United States and Germany to provide Ukraine with the economic, humanitarian and security support it needs to defend itself against Russian aggression,” Washington added.

Both leaders also addressed Scholz's recent visit to Beijing and “affirmed their common commitments to respect an international order based on respect for rules, Human Rights and fair trade practices.”

At an event of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) held this weekend, Scholz reiterated what he said to Biden and appealed to Russia to clearly rule out the use of atomic weapons in the war in Ukraine.

“It is not allowed and it is not legitimate to use nuclear weapons in this conflict,” Scholz said.

“We appeal to Russia to declare that it will not do so. This is a limit that cannot be exceeded,” he added.

Already on Friday, during a visit to China, Scholz had warned of the danger of a nuclear escalation.

Joe Biden and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called Russia's recent nuclear threats “irresponsible”

FILE PHOTO: A Russian warplane MiG-31 equipped with a Kinzhal hypersonic missile flies over Red Square during a rehearsal for an airshow, part of a military parade marking the anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, in central Moscow May 7, 2022. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Last Wednesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry assured that the use of nuclear weapons would be justified in the event of being the target of a hypothetical attack by foreign powers that would endanger its existence.

According to the Russian diplomatic portfolio in a statement, the country's nuclear protocol stipulates that the hypothetical use of atomic weapons would in any case be for defensive purposesand in response to attacks “by weapons of mass destruction or aggression using conventional weapons” that endanger its very existence as a State.

“Russian doctrinal approaches in this sense are defined with the utmost precision” and do not give rise to “an expansive interpretation”, Moscow pointed out. He also stressed that his Army is “strictly and consistently guided by the principle that there can be no winners in a nuclear war and it should never be unleashed.”

Thus, Russia maintained that, as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and as one of the planet's nuclear powers, it has a “special responsibility” to strengthen international security and stability.

“We call on the rest of the five nuclear-armed countries to demonstrate in practice their willingness to work to solve this priority task and abandon dangerous attempts to infringe on the vital interests of others , staying out of the direct armed conflict and encouraging provocations with weapons of mass destruction”, reads the statement.

This statement by Moscow occurs in a marked context  by the Russian accusations about the possible use of a dirty bomb by Ukraine, something that the United States and a large part of the international community have interpreted rather as the prelude to a false flag attack per pa part of the Russian troops.

(With information from EFE)