How to stop Putin from using tactical nukes in Ukraine: Clark


The strategy to prevent Russian President Vladimir Putin from deploying tactical nuclear weapons in the ongoing war with Ukraine is to provide prompt US aid and refuse to be ‘deterred’ by fear, it said on Saturday. a retired American general.

“The best way to stop him from using this weapon is to convince him that it won’t help him. And the best way to convince him that it won’t help him is to give Ukraine the help that it needs as quickly as possible and to push those Russian forces right out of Donbass,” former Army General Wesley Clark told CNN.

Responding to an interviewer’s statement that the United States is “using fear as an excuse” to stay away from war, Clark said that was the Russian president’s intention.

“I think this has always been Putin’s plan from the start…there’s a lot of propaganda on Russian TV about this,” he said, noting that Putin is “trying to build his own national support by threatening to use nuclear weapons”.

US aid could help prevent Russian President Vladimir Putin from deploying tactical nuclear weapons in the war with Ukraine, retired US General Wesley Clark said on Saturday. Above, he speaks onstage at the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel on September 29, 2015 in New York City.
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“We have to be strong enough to do this,” Clark said. “It’s the future of the international community. You can’t let aggression succeed and believe that everything will be the same afterwards. It won’t be.”

As the “big dog in international affairs” and “the most powerful nation in the world”, Clark said the United States must stand firm and provide Ukraine with the resources it needs to repel Russia’s attack.

“We can’t afford to be deterred because he’s going to fire four or five tactical nukes which will be the first use of nukes and so on. He would do that. Not just for the effect of the field of fight, but to scare the United States and NATO into withdrawing our support,” he said. “The best thing we can do to Vladimir Putin is to say, ‘No matter what you do, you will lose. And we’re going to put policies in place to make sure you lose.'”

Clark predicted that if by the summer the Ukrainians did not receive “sufficient” supplies from the United States, such as a high-mobility artillery rocket system, “they will be outmaneuvered by Russian forces. “.

“There is no possible long-term war strategy for Ukraine,” he said. “They have a window of opportunity this summer to kick out the Russians if they get the right support.”

If not properly equipped, he said, the Russians will mobilize forces, China “will be free to do more to help Russia” and the missile strikes will have caused more damage to Ukrainian infrastructure.

“So the long war strategy is not really working for Ukraine. The United States needs to redouble its efforts to get military hardware into Ukraine now,” he said.

The longer the United States waits, he said, the harder it will be to deliver the equipment because “the Russians are now starting to target the infrastructure that gets that equipment there.”

“And so this idea that, you know, ‘Hey, the Ukrainians are really winning. Just wait…something is going to happen to Putin or whatever’, that’s not the right strategy, if that’s the strategy. We’re not entirely sure of the strategy,” he said. “The chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, the secretary of defense, the secretary of state, all want Russia to fail strategically, want Russia to be weakened.

“But the truth is right now we don’t have enough commitment. We don’t have enough on the ground or in the pipeline to make this strategy work. Instead, we’re going to end up with a long summer, back and forth, then winter, boom, everything will be unleashed against the Ukrainians.”

Newsweek contacted Clark for comment.


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