In a speech to Democrats Thursday, President Joe Biden warned about nuclear “Armageddon” and warned of Russian aggression in Ukraine’s war.
Biden spoke at a fundraiser for Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. He said that the risk was not as high since 1962 Cuban missile crisis, when John F. Kennedy was president. His rhetoric went further than any other member his administration.
Biden stated in New York City that “We haven’t faced the prospect of Armageddon ever since Kennedy and Cuban Missile Crisis. ”
Putin’s declaration last month that he would defend “the territorial integrity of our motherland” with “all the means available” raised concerns in the West. These remarks were widely seen as a threat to nuclear weapons.
Biden stated that he doesn’t believe there is a way to use a tactical nuclear weapon without triggering Armageddon.
Russia has been in a series of difficulties on the battlefield in Ukraine. In February, Russia invaded Ukraine with a large-scale invasion. Recent Russian forces have pulled out of the Donetsk-area eastern city Lyman. This was after Putin signed an agreement to annexe four regions of Ukraine, including the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic. Despite protests from the West, Moscow continues to annex the region despite opposition. Putin also ordered the “partial mobilization” of reservists in September.
Western officials, including Secretary-of-State Antony Blinken, and NATO members, warned that Russia could face serious consequences if it deploys nukes. The Dutch Adm. said that “the Russians will regret what their actions were.
Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian president, has asked NATO to take “preventative actions” against Russian targets in order to stop them from using nuclear weapons in Ukraine.