President Joe Biden said Thursday that the risk of a nuclear “doomsday” is the highest in 60 years since Russian President Vladimir Putin threaten him again As his military retreat in Ukraine.
Speaking at a reception for the Democratic Senate campaign committee, Biden said it was the first “direct threat” to use nuclear weapons since the Cuban missile crisis in 1962 and “the way they’re going if in fact things continue to deteriorate.”
“We haven’t faced the prospect of the end of the world since the Kennedy and Cuban missile crises,” he said, in his most blunt comment on the use of nuclear weapons since then. Russia invades Ukraine in February.
Late last month, Putin reiterated the nuclear threat he made at the start of the Russian invasion.
“If the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we will do everything possible to protect Russia and our people,” the Russian leader Say In a televised national address.
“I’m not bluffing,” he added.
Troops in Kyiv this week are move forward In the east and south of the country, major new breakthroughs have been threatened and forced Putin’s soldiers to withdraw from territory he claimed to annex at a grand ceremony last week. As pressure builds over these failures and domestic mobilization is chaotic, there is growing concern that he may be willing to escalate further rather than accept failure.
Biden said Thursday that he took Putin’s threats seriously.
“We have a guy that I know fairly well. When he talks about the possible use of tactical nuclear or biological or chemical weapons, he’s not kidding because you could say his military is clearly underperforming.”
Biden added that he did not think the Kremlin could appeal to a tactical nuclear strike on the battlefield without triggering a global catastrophe – as some analysts have speculated.
“I don’t think it’s possible to easily [use] A tactical nuclear weapon, not the end of the world,” he said.
“We’re trying to figure out where is Putin’s way out? Where does he find a way out? Where does he find himself not only humiliated, but also powerful?” Biden said.
Biden was speaking at the home of James Murdoch, the son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who hosted the fundraiser. Some of his defenseless comments were not made on camera, but were reported by reporters as part of the pool’s reporting system.
U.S. officials have been cautious in assessing Putin’s nuclear threat.
“We do not see any reason to adjust our strategic nuclear posture, nor do we see any indication that Russia is preparing to use nuclear weapons immediately,” White House press secretary Karin Jean-Pierre said on Tuesday.
Jack Sullivan, Biden’s national security adviser, told NBC News’ “Meet the Press” last month that “if Russia goes down the dark path of using nuclear weapons, the consequences would be catastrophic.”
When pressed by host Chuck Todd what those countermeasures would be, Sullivan would only say: “In private channels, we’ve spelled out in more detail what that means.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a speech earlier on Thursday that Putin knew “the world will never forgive” Russia if it used nuclear weapons.
“He understands that after the use of nuclear weapons, he will no longer be able to save his life, so to speak, and I have full confidence in that,” Zelensky said.
Putin has used the nuclear threat as a tactic throughout his presidency, Commitment to target warheads at European targets in 2007.
2018 Russia announced A new range of nuclear-capable weaponsAmong them, Putin claimed, were intercontinental ballistic missiles that render defenses “useless.”
Western military analysts are skeptical that the Russian leader’s latest threat represents a real change in calculations.
“I think it shows that he wants people to think he’s going to risk a nuclear war,” Philips O’Brien, a professor of strategic studies at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, told NBC News on the day Putin issued his televised warning. “I don’t think that means he’s more likely to do it than yesterday.”
The Cuban Missile Crisis is widely regarded as the most worrying and dangerous confrontation of the Cold War.
October 1962, President John F. Kennedy said in a televised speech There is “clear evidence” that Russia has installed a nuclear strike capability in Cuba.
He declared a naval “quarantine” of the island and said any attack would be seen as a direct Russian provocation and “requires a full-scale retaliatory response to the Soviet Union”.
A tense public confrontation ensued, a crisis averted only after some high-stakes diplomacy between Kennedy and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, hampered by misunderstandings of each other’s positions and intentions, because State Department’s own history statement of the event.
The 13-day showdown led to the installation of a direct communication link between the White House and the Kremlin in 1963.This is still commonly referred to as a “red call”, although No actual phone calls involved.
This article was originally published in NBC News Network