World CIA chief says it’s «hard» to tell if Putin is «dithering» over nuclear weapons
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CIA chief William Burns said Monday that it is "hard to say" whether Russian President Vladimir Putin is "dithering" on nuclear weapons when he threatens their use in Ukraine.
Burns has assured that one has "to take any kind of threats very seriously." However, U.S. intelligence services "see no practical evidence" that Putin "is getting close enough to actual use for there to be an imminent threat."
In addition, he has shown concern about the use of rhetoric that the Russian leader "and other senior Russian leaders have used", rhetoric that he describes as "reckless and deeply irresponsible".
The director of the Intelligence Agency has assured that "it is very difficult to say at this moment" if Putin is "wavering" with his threats, as he stated in an interview on the US network CBS.
Given this, Burns has urged to follow up on signs of possible preparations. "This is the role of policymakers."
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