US says there is no sign Russia is preparing to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine

We have seen no reason to adjust our nuclear posture, the White House official said.


The White House said Wednesday it has seen no indication that Moscow is prepared to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine, after President Vladimir Putin has said he is prepared to deploy them if Russia’s sovereignty is threatened. Are ready for.

Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Russia’s rhetoric on the topic of nuclear weapons has been “reckless” since its February 2022 invasion of Ukraine.

Asked about Putin’s comments, Jean-Pierre said, “We have seen no reason to adjust our nuclear posture, nor have we seen any indication that Russia is preparing to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine.” Is.”

Putin appeared to be “reiterating Russia’s nuclear doctrine” after being asked about the use of weapons during an interview, Jean-Pierre told reporters traveling with Biden on a campaign trip to Milwaukee.

“Nonetheless, Russia’s nuclear rhetoric throughout this conflict has been reckless and irresponsible,” he said.

“It was Russia that brutally invaded Ukraine without provocation or justification, and we will continue to support Ukraine as they defend their people and their territory from Russian aggression.”

Putin on Wednesday praised Moscow’s nuclear arsenal and warned that he was prepared to deploy the weapons if Russia’s sovereignty was threatened.

The Kremlin has touted its nuclear power during its two-year offensive in Ukraine. Putin’s latest comments come just days before Russian elections that look likely to give him another six years in power.

Biden on Tuesday announced a $300 million emergency arms package to prop up Ukraine after recent Russian gains while the US Congress has blocked further aid.

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