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The US is taking the Russian president’s threats ‘very seriously’ Vladimir Putin to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine, Secretary of State said Anthony Blinken at the meeting of UN Security Council held Thursday in New York.
Putin on Wednesday announced a massive mobilization in Russia of 300,000 reservists to support his war effort in Ukraine and also gave a terrible warning:
When the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we will certainly use all means at our disposal to protect Russia and our people. This is not a hoax.”
Vladimir Putin, President of Russia
The Russian president’s announcement came the day after the announcement referendums by annexationists in the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and parts of Zaporizhzhia. Putin and his regional representatives seek to use the ballot box to claim those territories as part of Russia.
The United States asks Russia to stop threatening with nuclear weapons
In statements before the United Nations Security CouncilSecretary of State Anthony Blinken denounced President Vladimir Putin for saying on Wednesday that could use all available weapons in wara phrase interpreted by officials in both Russia and the West as a veiled reference to nuclear weapons, according to CNN.
“All council members must send a clear message that these reckless nuclear threats must cease immediately,” Blinken told the Security Council, in one of his sharpest comments since the war in Ukraine began. “Tell President Putin to stop the horror that he started.”
“One man chose this war. One man can end this.” Blinken added. “Because if Russia stops fighting, the war is over. If Ukraine stops fighting, Ukraine ends.”
The Security Council meeting, which coincided with the annual meeting of the UN General Assembly, was called to discuss allegations of war crimes and human rights abuses by Russian forces in Ukraine. But Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, like Putin and other Kremlin officials, tried to change the narrative, portraying Russia as the aggrieved party.
Lavrov was absent from the meeting for all but his own remarks, in which he dismissed widespread international condemnation and again blamed Kyiv for the invasion of Moscow. Several officials suggested that the top Russian diplomat left the room because he did not want to hear the condemnations.
A senior State Department official told reporters Thursday that “Russia really felt the hot breath of world opinion” at the meeting, according to CNN.
Blinken and others, including UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, highlighted the atrocities uncovered in Ukraine, the global impacts of the war on things like food security and They asked Russia to stop making threats of nuclear weapons..
The top US diplomat said the threat of vladimir putin to use “all available weapons systems” for Russia is “even more dangerous given Russia’s intention to annex large swathes of Ukraine in the coming days.”
Blinken reiterated that The United States will continue to support Ukraine and called on other countries to do the same.
Despite Blinken’s blunt words, the UN Security Council is not expected to act against Russia since Moscow has veto power as a permanent member.