Putin attacking West with nukes would be ‘signing suicide note’

Putin: Nuclear weapon ‘a suicide note’ says Bolton

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Vladimir Putin made his latest veiled nuclear threat during a speech last Friday in which he pledged to use all of Russia’s means to protect the Ukrainian annexed regions. Since then, military intelligence officers and US officials have raised concerns over Putin’s potential deployment of nuclear weapons in Ukraine as a last resort. According to the Federation of American Scientists, Russia owns the biggest nuclear arsenal in the world, with the United States holding the second largest stockpile.

Asked how the United States could respond to Russian nuclear warfare in Ukraine, former US Defence Secretary John Bolton told NewsNation: “I think we should say publicly that if Putin did authorise the use of a nuclear weapon, he would be signing his own suicide note.

“And I think that needs to be clear publicly, so that everybody in the Russian military, intelligence, domestic security conglomerate knows how much is at risk here. 

“This is a very serious step and, as I said, we know where that decision would come from. And he should bear the ultimate responsibility. 

“He needs to know that, there shouldn’t be any ambiguity on that.”

John Bolton confirmed the US has the ability to strike the Kremlin at its core with nuclear weapons. Looking at precedent, John Bolton said the US military was able to strike the Iranian major general Qasem Soleimani in January 2020 after he killed hundreds of American personnel in Iran. 

In the same way the American military targeted Soleimani, John Bolton says US forces can strike Vladimir Putin. 

“The use of a nuclear weapon here, the first time in war since 1945, this is a huge step.

“And if Putin can execute that manoeuvre and get away with it by staying in power, it is a terrible signal to Iran, to North Korea, to China.” 

In his annexation speech, Putin raised the spectre of using nuclear weapons, noting that the United States had set a precedent when it dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

The threat followed one had made only days earleir when he called the partial military mobilisation: “In the event of a threat to the territorial integrity of our country and to defend Russia and our people, we will certainly make use of all weapon systems available to us. This is not a bluff.”

Vladimir Putin has repeatedly threatened the use of nuclear weapons as a means to deter the West from providing military assistance to Ukraine. 

Upon launching the full-blown invasion of Ukraine, he warned that any NATO intervention would lead to “consequences as you have never experienced in your history”.

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Now that Russian forces appear to be losing the war in Ukraine, Western officials are growing concerned Putin could resort to nuclear weapons in an effort to intimidate the military alliance. 

The US national security advisor Jake Sullivan said the White House “have communicated directly, privately and at very high levels to the Kremlin that any use of nuclear weapons will be met with catastrophic consequences for Russia, that the US and our allies will respond decisively, and we have been clear and specific about what that will entail”.

Amid heavy military losses on the battlefield, Ramzan Kadyrov, head of Russia’s region of Chechnya, has called on Putin to consider using low-yield nuclear weapon in Ukraine.

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