Vladimir Putin could turn Ukraine’s war into a nuclear one by dropping a bomb on the Black Sea or firing on an American target, a national security expert said. The Sun.
Russia has already warned that its invasion of Ukraine is likely to end in a nuclear world war, with the Russian tyrant “more likely” to drop a nuclear bomb than accept defeat.
Although the threats have been dismissed by both the US and Britain as mere statements, fears of a full-blown nuclear war are a realistic possibility as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine falters and troops continue to face fierce opposition.
Concerns have been raised after Russia tested the Sarmat 2 nuclear missile last week, with Putin boasting that it could strike anywhere on earth and could not be stopped by existing missile defense systems.
Joseph Cirincione, a distinguished member of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft in Washington, DC, has now revealed five frightening ways in which Putin could unleash nuclear weapons on the world.
Nuclear missiles in the Black Sea
In the Bill Press Pods show, he warned that the Russian dictator could initially launch nuclear weapons into the Black Sea as a “demonstration blow” before using nuclear weapons on targets in Ukraine.
And in the worst case, Mr Cirincione said Putin could fire on NATO targets or even the United States.
The threat of a nuclear attack has been downplayed by the West.
British Armed Forces Minister James Heappey said there was no “imminent threat of escalation”, while Defense Secretary Ben Wallace called the warnings a “distraction from the world and the public.” fact in Ukraine ”.
But Mr Cirincione said:The first possibility is that he would use a nuclear weapon in a demonstration, so he would shoot at something in the Black Sea, for example. If the Russians feel they are about to be defeated, they will use nuclear weapons to indicate the gravity of the situation and to force the West to withdraw. If this were to happen, I would say that the reaction would be shocking and horrible – but it would not require a military response. You don’t have to do anything there. I would say that the US response would be more diplomatic. “
a the second scenarioMr Cirincione said Putin could launch a “very low-performance weapon” at a military target in Ukraine, killing thousands and causing major damage.
“Again, the United States would not necessarily need a military solution,” he said.
“The third possibility it is for them to use a serious nuclear weapon – the size of Hiroshima or larger – and to strike and destroy a city in Ukraine. At that point, things get pretty serious. I would immediately expect to see a long-range military response from NATO. Not NATO forces on the ground, but long-range shots, which we are perfectly capable of doing.
We could attack the launch site, for example, and we could certainly send a message to say
But he insisted that NATO would not fire a nuclear weapon on Russia in retaliation.
“It simply came to our notice then the fourth scenario… Targeting a NATO base. If you saw a small power weapon used on a NATO target, then you would have a NATO air and ground assault, which would simply wipe out the Russian army in Ukraine. We could do this for a few weeks, but we could end the war if we wanted to. What you are trying to avoid is for Russia to attack again – another nuclear weapon. There it becomes extremely risky. Putin may feel that he has no choice but to launch such a weapon, “he said.
He added: “This is why the fifth and final stage – if Putin were to use a nuclear weapon on an American target and use a long-range missile to fire on the United States – then all bets would be void. It would probably be more blows to bring down the command structure and some of their defense capabilities – including to bring down Putin himself. “
Mr Cirincione said top US government officials would work on the scenarios and prepare possible answers should Putin’s war intensify.
“I think the US government is working on these scenarios,” he said. “I just gave you five options, but I bet they have a list of 25 options that include more details on what they should do and how they should do it.”
He added: “The risk of Putin acting nuclear is low. The barriers against the use of such a weapon are formidable. But he could do it, and he could do it. We should discuss the options publicly so that the Western public can fully understand the risks and have a say in the answers. “
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov first mentioned the possibility of launching nuclear weapons during an interview on Russian state television on Tuesday.
He was asked if the current stalemate between east and west could be compared to the Cuban missile crisis at the height of the Cold War and said the situation was even more dangerous.
He explained that this was due to the fact that the weapons are now more powerful, controls on them are more developed, and communication between the two sides is non-existent.
Lavrov said: “There were not many written rules during the Cuban Missile Crisis. But the rules of conduct were quite clear. Moscow has understood how Washington is behaving. Washington has understood how Moscow is behaving. Now there are few rules left. “
Putin promised a “lightning-fast” response to any country directly involved in the conflict.
During a meeting with lawmakers in St. Petersburg, he said: “If anyone intends to intervene from the outside in what is happening, they should know that this is an unacceptable strategic threat to Russia. They need to know that our response to the counterattacks will be lightning fast. We have all the weapons we need for this. No one else can boast of these weapons, and we will not boast of them. But we will use them. “
Although Putin did not directly mention the use of nuclear weapons, he apparently referred to the Sarmat missile.
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