US President Joe Biden on Thursday said the world was at “Armageddon” nuclear risk for the first time since the Cold War and he was trying to find Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “shortcut” in the Ukraine conflict. .
“We haven’t faced the prospect of Armageddon since Kennedy and the Cuban missile crisis” in 1962, Biden said at a Democratic fundraising event in New York.
Mr Biden said Mr Putin was “not joking” when he threatened to use nuclear weapons to pursue an invasion of Ukraine.
Biden made his unusually strong comments about the risks posed by Putin’s nuclear threats while addressing party supporters at an event held at James Murdoch’s Manhattan home. , son of newspaper magnate Rupert Murdoch.
Referring to the nuclear standoff caused by the placement of missiles by the Soviet Union in Cuba, within easy range of the United States, Biden said that “for the first time since the Cuban missile crisis, we have a direct threat. from the use of nuclear weapons if in reality things continue the way they are.”
Putin has hid threats to use nuclear weapons if he feels he has run out of options in an attempt to seize Ukrainian territory in the face of stiff resistance from Western-backed Kyiv.
Experts say these are most likely relatively small, tactical attacks. But Biden warned that a tactical attack in a limited area still risks triggering a broader fire.
“We have someone I know pretty well,” Biden said. Putin “is not joking when it comes to the possibility of using tactical nuclear weapons or biological or chemical weapons, because his military is, you might say, significantly underperforming.”
However, “I don’t think there is an easy possibility of[using]tactical nuclear weapons and not ending with Armageddon,” Biden said.
“I’m trying to figure out what’s wrong with Putin,” Biden said. “Where does he find his way out? Where does he find himself in which he does not, not only lose face, but also lose considerable power in Russia?”
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