“Since it is possible that President Putin and Russian leaders sink into despairgiven the military setbacks they have suffered so far, none of us can take lightly the threat posed by the potential use of tactical nukes or low-yield nuclear weapons,” Williams Burns said during a speech in Atlanta.
The Kremlin spoke putting their nuclear forces on alert “But we haven’t really seen any concrete signs like military deployments or measures that might add to our concerns,” added the head of the top US intelligence agency, who spoke to students at Georgia Tech University.
Biden ‘concerned about the risk of a Third World War’
“Obviously we are very worried. I know that President (Joe) Biden is deeply Concerned about the risk of a Third World War and does everything possible to avoid getting to the point where a nuclear conflict is possible,” he added.
Russia has many tactical nuclear weapons, less powerful than the Hiroshima bomb, in accordance with its “escalation-de-escalation” doctrine, which would consist of first using a low-power nuclear weapon to regain the upper hand in the event of a conventional conflict. with the West.
But this hypothesis implies that “NATO intervenes militarily on the ground in Ukraine during this conflict, and this is not something, as the president has made clear, that is planned,” he said and underlines.
Recalling being the US ambassador to Moscow, William Burns had no words harsh enough for a “vengeful,” “stubborn” Vladimir Putin, who over the years has sunk into an “explosive mix of grievances,’ ambition and insecurity’. “Every day, Putin demonstrates that a power in decline can be just as destabilizing as a power on the rise,” he added.
The Moskva sank in the Black Sea, Russia blames Ukraine
last setback, the loss of the Russian cruiser Moskva on Thursday, April 14. The Russian flagship in the Black Sea sank after being hit by a Ukrainian missile according to kyiv, due to an accidental fire according to Moscow, which also accuses Ukraine of bombing villages on its soil.
“During the towing of the Moskva cruiser to the port of destination, the ship lost its stability due to fire damage to the hull as a result of detonation of ammunition. In rough sea conditions, the ship sank,” the Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday night.
He had previously indicated that the fire on board was “contained” and that the cruise ship “maintained its buoyancy”, while claiming to investigate the causes of the incident.
The loss of this command ship is “a serious blow” to the Russian fleet in the region, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Thursday, with “consequences for its combat capabilities, the ship being a” key element in its efforts. for establishing naval dominance in the Black Sea”.
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