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No“We have no reason to adjust our own strategic nuclear posture, nor do we have any indication that Russia is preparing to use nuclear weapons immediately,” a spokesman for the Russian Federation said Friday at the White House.
This clarification by Karine Jean-Pierre comes after strong comments from President Joe Biden on Thursday, who assessed that for the first time since the Cold War, nuclear power faces the risk of an “Armageddon” that would be catastrophic.
Asked if the alarming tone was linked to new intelligence received by the United States, the spokesman said “no,” during a brief question-and-answer session on the plane carrying Joe Biden for a trip to northwest Washington. “We haven’t faced the possibility of ‘Armageddon’ since Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962,” he said at a fundraiser in New York, where he threatened that his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, was “not kidding” about nuclear weapons.
From October 14 to 28, 1962, the missile crisis launched by the Soviet Union in Cuba and discovered by the United States rocked the planet, raising fears of nuclear war.
Faced with stubborn Ukrainian resistance fueled by Western military aid, Vladimir Putin mentioned the nuclear bomb in a televised address on September 21.
He said he was ready to use “every means” in his arsenal against the West, which he accused of wanting to “destroy” Russia.
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