Former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO James Stavridis said on Sunday that Russia would be abandoned by its allies – including Iran and China – if Russian President Vladimir Putin uses nuclear weapons in Ukraine.
Stavridis’ comments came after the Russian leader outlined the nuclear threat over Ukraine in a televised speech to his country last week.
“If Russia feels that its territorial integrity is under threat, we will use all the means of defense available to us, and it is not a bluff,” Putin said. “Those who try to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the winds can also turn towards them.”
Putin put his nuclear forces on alert shortly after the invasion of Ukraine began in late February. For months, Russian state television has portrayed the war as a battle between the West and Russia, whose goals could be sped up if the Kremlin used its estimated $ 6,000. heads.
In an interview with Cats Roundtable WABC 770, Stavridis said Putin “is not seriously considering the use of nuclear weapons.”
“He knows that if he did, it would cause the world to completely turn against him. He would even lose the support of the Chinese, Iranians. Nobody will support a Russia that uses nuclear weapons. take it seriously, ”he added.
Newsweek asked the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a comment.
Last week, former Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov said: Newsweek he also believes that the Russian leader’s nuclear threat is empty.
“He tried to scare people off with his use of nuclear weapons, but I think that’s a category of bluff,” Cassianov said. “I don’t think he has resorted to nuclear weapons for the simple reason that he realizes that he himself would be eliminated immediately.”
“Nobody Wants to Be Edited”
In his interview on Sunday, Stavridis also spoke of the ‘partial mobilization’ effort Putin announced last week. Along with the mobilization, the Russian army will call up to 300,000 people to fight in Ukraine. reservists who already have military training. This development led to protests and mass arrests across the country.
“[Putin’s] the biggest problem is killing his soldiers. He lost about 80,000. Now he has to replace them, said Stavridis. – The problem for him … is that nobody wants to be drafted. There are great protests in Russian cities. I am beginning to feel a growing sense of civic dissatisfaction with the Vietnamese era. So I would have had a very bad week for Vladimir Putin. “
In an August interview, Stavridis said he believed Putin knew he had made a mistake in invading Ukraine.
“I think in the dark, quiet hours at two in the morning when he wakes up, he realizes he has made a mistake. He would never admit it in public. Never. Ukraine is ruled by “neo-Nazis”. It’s ridiculous, of course, said Stavridis.
US officials are communicating with Moscow about the use of nuclear weapons
National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on Sunday that US officials told Russians that there would be “catastrophic consequences for Russia if they use nuclear weapons in Ukraine.”
“We informed the Russians directly, privately at very high levels, that they would have disastrous consequences for Russia if they used nuclear weapons in Ukraine. We were clear to them and emphasized that the United States would react decisively along with our allies and partners, “Sullivan told ABC This weekadding that the Russians “understand well what they would face if they followed this dark path”.
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