Once again, Putin flirts with the grim prospect of nuclear war – this time, he might be serious about it
The US is taking Vladimir Putin’s veiled threats to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine seriously, a top White House official has told the BBC.
On Wednesday, Russia’s leader warned his country would use all means at its disposal to protect its territory. The US has said it takes these threats seriously but has seen no indication that it needs to change its strategic deterrent posture.
The UN Security Council strongly condemned Russia’s conduct in Ukraine and said Moscow would use “all weapon systems available” to defend itself. But Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the council of imposing a false narrative and restated allegations that ethnic Russians had been persecuted.