The US President, Joseph Biden, warned that Russia’s actions generate risks regarding “misinterpretations” with catastrophic effects at the international level, but the Kremlin rejected the “nuclear rhetoric” of the West.
In an interview with CNN, Biden said that Russian President Vladimir Putin “is a rational actor who made significant miscalculations.”
The leader of the White House, who last week claimed that the risks of a nuclear conflict are the highest in the last 60 years, has now warned of “misinterpretations” that can have catastrophic effects.
Asked if there was a risk that Putin would use tactical nuclear weapons on Ukraine, Biden said: “I don’t think he will.”
The Kremlin reacted vehemently to Joe Biden’s statements
The Kremlin reacted vehemently to the Washington leader’s statements. “We express regret that leaders of states from the West, from the United States and from Europe, resort to nuclear rhetoric on a daily basis. We consider it a very harmful and provocative practice”, said Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman of the Russian Presidency, quoted by the Reuters agency.
The Russian official also denounced the statements of the NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, who declared that a Putin victory in Ukraine would be a defeat for the West. Peskov believes that the statements prove that NATO is fighting on the side of Ukraine.
Stoltenberg recently stated that “NATO is not a party to the conflict”, but emphasized that “the support offered by the Alliance plays a central role”.