Bloc’s response to any use of WMD by Moscow in Ukraine must not be nuclear, but always massive, Polish foreign minister says
NATO’s response to any use of tactical nuclear weapons by Russia in Ukraine must be “devastating” but employ only conventional weapons, as the threat from Moscow is not directed against the bloc, Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau said.
“As far as we know, Putin is threatening to use tactical nuclear weapons on Ukrainian soil, not to attack NATO, which means NATO should react in a conventional way,” he added. Rau said during his Wednesday appearance on NBC News’ Meet the Press show.
“But the response should be devastating. And I guess that’s the clear message that the NATO alliance is sending to Russia right now,” stressed the minister.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sunday that “the consequences would be horrible” for Russia if it uses nuclear weapons in Ukraine, adding that this message has already been communicated publicly and privately to Russian leaders.
The warning followed a speech by Vladimir Putin a week ago, in which he announced a partial mobilization in Russia and criticized “certain senior officials in NATO countries” for implying that the deployment of nuclear weapons against Russia was justified.
The president made it clear that such a move would not go unanswered from Russia, recalling that it has its own arsenal of destructive weapons, some of which surpass their Western counterparts. “If the territorial integrity of our nation is threatened, we will certainly use all the means at our disposal to defend Russia and our people. It’s not a bluff” Putin said.
Over the past week, the United States and its allies have stepped up intelligence gathering and surveillance, fearing that signs that Russia is deciding to deploy nuclear weapons could “comes too late” Politico reported Tuesday.
According to US officials, who spoke to the outlet, air, space and cyberspace surveillance of Russian units in Ukraine likely to receive nuclear orders from the Kremlin has been stepped up, with special attention also being given to the enclave. Kaliningrad Russian West.
US Responds to Alleged ‘Russian Nuclear Weapons’ Risk – Politico
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov reiterated last week that “We are not threatening anyone with nuclear weapons.” He referred reporters to Russian military doctrine, which states that nuclear weapons can only be used if such weapons or other weapons of mass destruction are targeted at the country or if it faces an existential threat from conventional weapons.