Putin puts Russia’s nuclear deterrent on ‘high alert’
Vladimir Putin has put Russia’s strategic nuclear deterrent forces on alert, dramatically increasing tensions in the confrontational relationship with the West over the invasion of Ukraine.
The United States immediately denounced the latest escalation of the Russian President as “totally unacceptable”.
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss had earlier warned that any use of tactical nuclear weapons by Russia against Ukrainian forces would represent an “extremely serious escalation” of the conflict.
Footage on Russian television showed Putin meeting the Defense Minister and Chief of the General Staff and instructing them to apply nuclear deterrence to a “special combat mission regime”.
He cited “aggressive statements” from Western powers and tough economic sanctions – including the exclusion of Russian banks from the Swift global payments system – as reasons for his actions. this move.
“Western countries have not only taken unfriendly actions against our country in the economic sphere, but top officials of NATO members have made aggressive claims about the land,” he said. our country”.
“President Putin is continuing to escalate this war in a way that is completely unacceptable,” said US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield.
The moves come as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced he has agreed to negotiate with a Russian delegation on the Ukraine-Belarus border.
The Ukrainian leader had previously rejected an offer of talks in Belarus, saying his ally Russia was the launchpad for his invasion of the country.
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