Biden Says Putin Nuclear Threat Is “Real”

( – U.S. President Joe Biden said on June 19 that the threat of Russia’s dictator Vladimir Putin executing a nuclear attack is real. The commander-in-chief made these comments during a meeting with a group of donors in California. His remarks took place a couple of days after his administration denounced that the Kremlin deployed nuclear weapons in Belarus.

During the event, President Biden told donors “It’s real” when he says he worries about the Russian leader making use of “tactical nuclear weapons” in Ukraine. He added that Putin’s decision to deploy these weapons in Belarus would not only be dangerous but also “irresponsible.”

Moscow’s move with Minsk represents the first time since the fall of the Soviet Union that the Kremlin moved nuclear warheads outside Russia with the intention of using them in a war. US and China officials have said they are closely watching this deployment, pointing out that Russia would be committing a serious mistake if it uses these weapons.

During a June 13 interview with a Russian state TV network, Belarusian dictator Aleksandr Lukashenko revealed that his nation received nuclear warheads from Moscow. However, the Biden administration dismissed his comments as U.S. national security council spokesman John Kirby told the New York Times it was possible Lukashenko was bluffing.

On June 16, Putin confirmed he was deploying tactical nuclear weapons to Belarus. During a televised speech, the Russian leader said this was just the first batch, adding that the rest would be delivered before the end of this year.

Following this speech, Russia’s defense minister Sergei Shoigu warned in a June 18 statement that Ukraine was planning to attack Crimea and Russia with Western weapons. He claimed that the use of these weapons outside Ukrainian territory would imply a “full involvement” from the United Kingdom and the United States. Shoigu added that Russia would be “forced” to respond properly if this happens.

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