The United States has submitted a resolution to the upper house of Congress that Russia‘s potential use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine should be perceived as aggression against NATO, one of the authors of the initiative, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, said on June 22.
“If Russia or Belarus detonates a nuclear device in Ukraine to stop a counteroffensive or break the will of the Ukrainian people, then such an attack should be regarded as an attack on NATO,” he said.
He also added that the adoption of the bill would be a warning signal for Moscow. However, even in this case, the document will not be binding and will remain only a recommendation. Dialogue solution: the United States declares its unwillingness to join the arms race How Moscow views the future prospects of START-3
In turn, Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov called absurd speculation about Russia‘s possible use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine. He stressed that the resolution of the US congressmen is another manifestation of “blind hatred” that increases tension.
Earlier, on June 16, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared that there was no need to use nuclear weapons. He also pointed out that the US is the only state in the world that has used nuclear weapons against a non-nuclear state, thus setting a precedent.
At the same time, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that Washington sees no signs of Moscow’s readiness to use nuclear weapons. According to him, the States “have no reason to increase the readiness of their nuclear forces.”
Before that, on June 13, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova admitted that the United States was trying to mask its irresponsible behavior in the field of nuclear weapons by making accusations against the Russian Federation and Belarus.
In March, Moscow and Minsk agreed to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus without violating the non-proliferation regime.Share: