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Putin: US Not To Rescue Allies in Nuclear War

8 Jun 2024 08:36

Islam Times - Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed that “Should the European NATO members manage to provoke Moscow into a nuclear response, the Americans might stay on the sidelines.”

Speaking at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum [SPIEF] on Friday, Putin was asked about the increasingly belligerent rhetoric from some European capitals, which moderator Sergey Karaganov compared to the baying of hyenas.

“The Europeans have to think: if those with whom we exchange such [nuclear] blows are obliterated, would the Americans get involved in such an exchange, on the level of strategic weapons, or not? I very much doubt it,” Putin said in response.

The Russian president explained that, while the US and Russia both have well-developed early warning systems to detect incoming missiles, the European members of NATO do not. “In this sense, they are more or less defenseless,” he said.

Moreover, Russia’s tactical nuclear weapons are “three to four times more powerful than the bombs the Americans used against Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” Putin said. “We have many times more of them – both on the European continent, and even if the Americans bring theirs over from the US – we still have many times more.”

Any such war would have “infinite casualties,” the Russian president warned.

While not ruling out changes to Russia’s nuclear doctrine, Putin told the audience that it currently only allows the use of atomic weapons in case of threats to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country, which is presently not the case.

“There is no need to even bring up nuclear escalation when the Russian military and defense industry are effective and far more capable than its adversaries when it comes to armor and air power,” Putin said.

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