The United States will react strongly if Russia uses nuclear weapons against Ukraine and has warned Moscow of the “catastrophic implications,” according to US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan on Sunday.
Following Vladimir Putin’s veiled nuclear threat last Wednesday in a speech in which he also declared his nation’s first wartime military mobilization since World War Two, Sullivan’s statements were the most recent American warning.
“Russia will suffer terrible repercussions if it breaches this boundary. America would react swiftly, Sullivan said NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “show.
In his remarks on Sunday, Sullivan said the United States had privately “spelled out in further depth precisely what that would imply” to Moscow but did not specify the nature of the intended reaction.
According to Sullivan, the United States and Russia have been in regular, direct communication recently to discuss the situation in Ukraine and Putin’s actions and threats.
President of the United States Joe Biden accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of making “overt nuclear threats to Europe” in an address to the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday.
Russia is also holding referendums in four eastern Ukrainian provinces to acquire the land that Russian soldiers captured during their February invasion of Ukraine.
According to Ukraine and its supporters, the referendums were a fraud intended to legitimize a war escalation and Putin’s mobilization push after recent combat defeats.
To warn Ukraine and its Western supporters, Moscow may depict attempts to recover Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia as assaults on Russia.
Putin is assembling 300,000 soldiers and pledging to defend Russia with “all possible measures” after suffering defeats on the battlefield.
In words seen in the international arena as a threat to the possible use of nuclear weapons, Putin remarked, “This is not a bluff.”
On Sunday, Sullivan stated: “Putin is still determined to exterminate the Ukrainians, who in his opinion do not have a right to exist. He will thus continue to approach, and we must continue to approach with guns, ammunition, information, and all the assistance we can muster.”