Biden says Putin is getting ‘desperate’ with his ‘idle comments’ on nuclear weapons
Biden says Putin is getting ‘desperate’ with his ‘idle comments’ on nukes and insists US is ready for ‘whatever’ Russia does after Kremlin says Ukraine invasion is war with NATO
- ‘No one should make idle comments about the use of nuclear weapons,’ Biden said
- He spoke at the White House as he announced $33 billion in new military and economic aid requested for Ukraine.
- Russia has been demanding that the US and its allies stop supplying weapons
- Putin warned that his response to anyone who ‘threatens’ Russia will be ‘lightning fast’
President Joe Biden weighed in on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s nuclear saber rattling as well as the Kremlin’s latest comments that the US is waging a ‘proxy’ war in Ukraine.
‘Nobody should be making idle comments about the use of nuclear weapons or the possibility of [their] being used. It’s irresponsible,’ he said at the White House.
Biden was asked at the White House on Thursday if he was concerned about Putin’s latest comments on the US stance toward Ukraine amid Russia’s invasion. Russia has protested the arms shipments and support from the United States.
Biden announced an additional $33 billion in US support on Thursday, as part of a broader effort to send weapons, ammunition and financial support.
They are not true. They concern me because it shows the desperation and rush they feel at their abject failure to do what they set out to do in the first place,” Biden said.
‘Nobody should be making idle comments about the use of nuclear weapons or the possibility of [their] being used,” President Joe Biden said at the White House on Thursday.
He also called the Kremlin’s comments of a proxy war false, despite a series of reports about US intelligence and other assistance to the outnumbered.
Moscow seized on Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s comments in Germany this week that the allied effort would “weaken” Russia, which US security officials have long criticized as a malign actor on the world stage.
“So, I think it’s more a reflection of the truth, but of his failure. So instead of saying that the Ukrainians are equipped with some ability to resist Russian forces doing this, they have to say, tell people that the United States and all of NATO are involved in taking out Russian troops and tanks, etc.
‘So your number one is an excuse for your failure. But number two, it’s also whether they really mean it, is that… nobody should make idle comments about the use of nuclear weapons or the possibility of [their] being used. It’s irresponsible,’ he said.
Vladimir Putin warned that any country that interferes in Ukraine will pose a threat to Russia and that he will not hesitate to use nuclear weapons to counter that threat.
Biden called it ‘irresponsible’ for the Kremlin to invoke Russia’s nuclear arsenal
Putin did not mention nuclear weapons directly, but did speak of weapons that “no one else can brag about,” almost certainly a reference to the Sarmat 2 nuclear bomb that Russia tested last week.
A destroyed tank that probably belongs to the Russian/pro-Russian forces lies in the rubble in the north of the ruined city. Security experts have warned that Russia may turn to unconventional weapons amid battlefield losses.
An aerial view shows damaged buildings, amid the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, in Mariupol, Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin made reference to Russia’s nuclear arsenal in St. Petersburg on Wednesday.
He warned that his response to anyone who “threatens” Russia will be “lightning quick” and deadly.
“If someone intends to interfere in what is happening from the outside, they should know that they constitute an unacceptable strategic threat to Russia. They must know that our response to counter-attacks will be very quick. Quick,’ she said.
We have all the weapons we need for this. No one else can brag about these weapons, and we won’t brag about them. But we will use them,’ he added.
He may have been referring to Russia’s new Sarmat 2 nuclear missile, which was first tested a few days ago and which, he boasted, is unlike any other weapon in the world.
On Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia was waging a proxy war with all of NATO and said the risk of it going nuclear is “real.”
The comments came after Russia sent diplomatic letters to Washington urging the United States to cut off military aid. The US went ahead anyway, with Biden announcing a new $33 million package for Ukraine that includes $20.4 billion in additional security and military assistance.
Speaking on state television, Lavrov said the current situation is worse than the Cuban missile crisis at the height of the Cold War due to a complete breakdown in relations between the two sides.
Asked directly about the possibility of nuclear war, he said: ‘The risks are very significant. I don’t want the danger to be artificially inflated. [but] it is serious, real. It cannot be underestimated.