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WWIII Now Certain? Putin Warns Russia Ready to Wage Nuclear War, Weapons ‘There to Be Used’

Nuclear War Threats? Putin Says 'Weapons Exist in Order to Use Them'
Source: MEGA

Putin underscored Moscow's preparedness from a military standpoint against any perceived threat to national security.

Apr. 8 2024, Published 11:01 a.m. ET

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Vladimir Putin recently issued his most alarming threat of potential nuclear warfare yet, asserting Russia's readiness to launch nuclear weapons if he perceives threats to the nation's sovereignty from the West.

The 71-year-old Russian leader made the chilling remarks indicating a readiness to utilize weapons just as he won his country's presidential election, The Sun reported.

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In an interview released on Russian state television, Putin underscored Moscow's preparedness from a military standpoint against any perceived threat to national security.

He emphasized that weapons, including nuclear arms, could be employed if Russia's sovereignty and independence were jeopardized, stating firmly that "weapons exist in order to use them."

Putin pointed out that the deployment of US troops in Ukraine would be seen as American intervention in the conflict, potentially eliciting a response from Russia's nuclear forces. He noted that Russia's nuclear troops are consistently on standby, suggesting a high state of readiness.

This threat of nuclear confrontation has been a recurring theme since Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

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Putin's recent remarks echo his previous warnings, including those delivered in his annual state-of-the-nation address, where he accused the West of attempting to undermine Russia and incite an arms race.

The Russian leader showcased the capabilities of Russia's nuclear arsenal, including the Sarmat missile, also known as Satan-2, and cautioned against escalating involvement in Ukraine, warning of dire consequences.

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Shortly after these remarks, the Kremlin announced the test firing of a Yars ballistic missile, capable of carrying nuclear warheads, further amplifying tensions.

Analysts suggest that Putin's threshold for nuclear weapon use is relatively low, especially if conventional means fail to achieve desired outcomes.

The prospect of unleashing nuclear missiles was also hinted at by Dmitry Medvedev, a close ally of Putin, who warned of dire consequences if Russia faced defeat in the conflict.

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Experts warn that Putin's reelection could lead to an escalation of aggression against Ukraine and the West. Dr. Stephen Hall highlights the possibility of Putin using small nuclear weapons, emphasizing the high stakes involved for him.

Despite the ongoing conflict, Putin expressed openness to dialogue while insisting on Russia's territorial gains and seeking robust security guarantees from the West. However, the situation remains volatile, with reports of continued clashes between Ukrainian and Russian forces, including drone attacks deep within Russian territory.


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