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    Washington privately warned the Russian leadership about the catastrophic consequences of using nuclear weapons in the conflict in Ukraine and promised a response if it happened. This was stated by US national security adviser Jake Sullivan.

    According to him, representatives of the US administration “were frank” and emphasized that the United States “will give a strong response together with allies and partners” if Russia uses nuclear weapons.

    “We maintain [confidentiality] of these conversations with the Russian side, but they understand what they will face

    According to him, Russian President Vladimir Putin “is not the first time making nuclear threats in this conflict” and “began to shake the nuclear card in February, when Russian tanks crossed the border for the first time,” which did not prevent the United States from transferring more than $15 billion worth of weapons to Ukraine.

    “This will not stop us now,” Sullivan stressed and promised that the country will continue to “support Ukraine in its efforts to defend its country and democracy.”

    I keep communication channels tsya

    Sullivan said that the direct line of communication between the US and Russia is still active, and high-ranking representatives of the two countries have spoken to each other in recent days.

    According to a Biden aide, the White House does not disclose the content of the conversations that took place in order to “preserve the ability to maintain contact with Russia.”

    Sullivan also stated that Washington would not interfere in domestic political events in Russia.

    “The future of Russian politics will not be dictated by Washington or anyone in Europe, but by people inside Russia,” Sullivan said, commenting on reports of protests in the Russian Federation and an increase in the number of people leaving the country after the announcement of partial mobilization.

    According to Sullivan, the announcement of mobilization in Russia, as well as holding referendums, is definitely not a sign of strength or confidence.” “Quite the opposite: these are signs that things are not going well for Russia and Putin,” the official said.

    The United States, he said, will continue to focus on where they can bring the greatest benefit.

    “We can do the most good by helping Ukraine in a tangible, sustainable and effective way. This is what we are doing, this is what we will continue to do,” he added.

    “Nuclear blackmail”

    Announcing partial mobilization on September 21, Putin said that representatives of NATO countries use “nuclear blackmail” and allow the use of nuclear weapons against Russia. The President of the Russian Federation recalled that Russia also possesses such weapons.

    Putin also warned those who “are trying to blackmail us with nuclear weapons “, that “the wind rose can turn in their direction.”

    In response, US President Joe Biden accused the Russian President of making “blatant threats to use nuclear weapons against Europe and reckless disregard for the obligations of the nonproliferation regime.”

    Washington also said it was monitoring the “strategic configuration” of Russia‘s nuclear forces, but saw no reason yet to take deterrence measures. Speaking of this, John Kirby, strategic communications coordinator at the White House National Security Council, called Putin’s statement “unacceptable rhetoric for a nuclear power” .

    Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called Biden’s speech “indecent”, saying that he “attributed to the President of Russia the words that our country threatens the world with nuclear weapons.”

    Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Russia noticed “Washington’s painful reaction to Vladimir Putin’s instruction to transfer the Russian deterrence forces to a special mode of combat duty.” “We explain that we do not threaten anyone with nuclear weapons, the criteria for their use are described in the military doctrine,” he said.

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