World Maximum tension: The United States and NATO responds to Putin's nuclear threat
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nuclear threat by Laura Sanchez
Investing.com - In recent days, Russian President Vladimir Putin has raised the tension by annexing parts of Ukraine that Russia has occupied, and declaring that he would consider using "all available means" to defend his country, reports politico.
The US Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, believes that President Vladimir Putin continues to suggest that he could use nuclear weapons in the war between Russia and Ukraine.
"There is no control over Mr. Putin," said Mr. Austin on an interview with CNN on Sunday. "Just as he made the irresponsible decision to invade Ukraine, he could make another decision. But I don't see anything at this stage that leads me to believe in this extreme."
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However, David Petraeus, former CIA director, also told ABC News yesterday that the United States and their allies would destroy the troops and equipment of Russia in Ukraine, in addition to flowing his fleet in the Black Sea, if Putin uses nuclear weapons in the country.
Although Mr. Petraeus said he had not spoken of the American response with the national security advisor Jake Sullivan, he said that "we would answer by leading a collective effort of NATO which would eliminate all Russian conventional forces ".
NATO secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, also warned of "serious consequences for Russia" if Putin were to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine.
"Nuclear rhetoric is dangerous. It is reckless," Stoltenberg told the NBC channel yesterday.
Any use of nuclear weapons "would change the nature" of the conflict in Ukraine, he added.
"A nuclear war cannot be won and should never be waged. And this is a message that NATO and its allies clearly transmit to Russia," he said.
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