Despite 'reckless rhetoric', Russia not planning to use nukes - White House

Russian nuclear weapons
Russian nuclear weapons

Despite Russia's "aggressive rhetoric," the U.S. sees no signs that the aggressor nation is preparing to use nuclear weapons, White House National Security spokesperson John Kirby said.

If Russian dictator Vladimir Putin really wants to protect his troops from Western-made weapons, he should withdraw them from Ukraine, he said.

"If Putin and Russian officials are concerned that their troops in Ukraine could be hit by weapons made in other countries, the easiest way to avoid that is to simply withdraw their troops."

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Russia's threats are "reckless and irresponsible tinkering" with a nuclear arsenal, Kirby said, adding that the U.S. continues to monitor the situation.

"I can tell you that so far we have not seen anything, even with the reckless rhetoric, that would cause us to change our posture of strategic deterrence," Kirby said.

Washington does not see any signs of the possible use of nuclear weapons by Russia on the territory of Ukraine, U.S. State Department spokesperson, Matthew Miller, said at the same time.

"Russian nuclear rhetoric has been reckless and irresponsible throughout the conflict," he said.

"However, we have not seen any reason to adjust our own nuclear position in response to these statements, nor any signs that Russia is preparing to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine."

Russian nuclear exercises

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Russian dictator Vladimir Putin instructed the General Staff to prepare for exercises on the use of tactical nuclear weapons, Russia's Defense Ministry reported on May 6.

The tactical nuclear exercises are Russia's response to Western statements about willingness to send troops to Ukraine, said Kremlin spokesperson Dmitriy Peskov, who specifically called out French President Emmanuel Macron, British representatives, and U.S. Democratic House leader Hakeem Jeffries.

Ukrainian intelligence is gathering information about the tactical nuclear exercises planned in Russia, Ukrainian military intelligence (HUR) representative, Andriy Yusov, said.

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