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Senator Bob Menendez says “real concern” over Ukraine’s military success could increase the likelihood of Putin switching to nuclear weapons

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Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Menendez warned against Ukraine‘s continued military success against Russia‘s invasion might increase the likelihood of that Wladimir Putin could turn to nuclear weapons or something else weapons of mass destruction.

Although Mr Putin and his advisers reportedly expected the Russian military to quickly overwhelm Ukraine’s defense forces, Nato officials now estimate that about 40,000 Russian soldiers have been killed, wounded or captured since the invasion began in late February.

In conversation with anchor Bret Baier fox news sunday, Mr Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, said he fears Mr Putin may turn to nuclear weapons to protect his own reputation at home if Ukrainian forces continue to inflict casualties on Russia.

“Well, ironically, one of my concerns is that the more success Ukrainians have, the greater the risk that Putin will do something because he loses and has to save face at home,” he said. “And so the potential of a chemical, biological, or tactical nuclear weapon can grow as a result.”

Mr Menendez called the threat of Russian weapons of mass destruction – particularly Moscow’s stockpiles of chemical weapons – “a real concern” because Mr Putin has not shown any concern about the use of such weapons in the past.

“Understand that Putin did this in Syria. Unfortunately, the world didn’t care about Syria, but he used chemical weapons in Syria… so he’s capable of it,” he said.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/bob-menendez-putin-ukraine-nuclear-b2069457.html Senator Bob Menendez says “real concern” over Ukraine’s military success could increase the likelihood of Putin switching to nuclear weapons

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