Biden did not specify what the reaction would be if Russia used a tactical nuclear bomb. But he said: “It depends on how extensive the use would be.” And the number of supporters of the “hard line” is growing in the administration
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WASHINGTON – Washington is holding the key question: how to react to Vladimir Putin’s nuclear threats?
Last night, Thursday 22 September, Pentagon spokesman, Brigadier General Patrick Ryder, told reporters: “The statements or announcements coming from Russia (on nuclear weapons
ed) have no impact on our commitment to provide Ukraine with everything it needs to defend the country ».
As if to say: let’s not be intimidated, we will continue to supply more and more powerful and increasingly sophisticated weapons to Zelensky’s army. And, of course, the US government is urging the “contact group”, made up of over 40 states, including Italy, to do the same.
The Washington Post writes that American diplomacy has been warning the Moscow counterpart for months: forget about nuclear weapons. An appeal that on Thursday 22nd the Secretary of State Antony Blinken, speaking in the UN Security Council, transformed into a warning. At least, this is the reading collected in the political circles of the capital. The Washington Post also notes how the US secret services did not take any preparations in the Russian camp to activate the atomic arsenal.
Till now Joe Biden did not explain what the United States would do, should the Kremlin leader really have to resort to tactical nuclear weapons..
We are talking about bombs with a range of 1-2 kilometers, but with a still devastating effect.
The American president does not want to reveal the cards, although in the interview on Sunday, September 18 in the CBS program “60 minutes”, he observed: “It depends on how extensive the use of these atomics would be”.
In reality, the Biden administration is caught between different thrusts.
First of all, there is the “Zelensky question”. The Ukrainian leader told German media that he does not believe Putin will use nuclear weapons (he said exactly the opposite in mid-April), but his adviser Mykhailo Podolyak told the British Guardian newspaper that the US should hit Russian launch bases, even if Putin “was just thinking of using nuclear weapons”. A hypothesis not even considered by the Pentagon: it would mean going directly to war with Russia in the worst way, unleashing an uncontrollable nuclear escalation.
But in Washington the line-up of hard-line supporters is also growing. A bipartisan group is being formed in the Senate, led by Republican Lindsay Graham and Democrat Richard Blumenthal, to ask Biden to include Russia in the list of sponsoring states of terrorism. The consequences would be very heavy: the US could sanction all countries that have commercial relations with Moscow.
American generals and secret services are following developments on the ground with concern.
It is worth noting the analyzes arriving from Ukrainian observers. Maria Zolkina, co-founder of the Kalmius Group study center, Olga Aivazovska, director of the Opora organization, and Olexiy Haran, professor at the National University Mohyla Academy in Kiev, argue that the Russians will install bases for the launch of nuclear missiles in the occupied territories of Lugansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia immediately after the conclusion of the “farce” referendum.
September 23, 2022 (change September 23, 2022 | 19:12)
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