US responds to alleged ‘Russian nuclear weapons’ risk – Politico — RT World News

https://www.rt.com/news/563658-us-intelligence-nuclear-putin/

28 Sep, 2022 11:57

US responds to alleged ‘Russian nuclear weapons’ risk – Politico

Washington is worried that signs of such an attack could “come too late,” an official told the outlet
US responds to alleged 'Russian nuclear weapons' risk – Politico
The
US and its allies have increased intelligence gathering and
surveillance over concerns that Russia could use nuclear weapons in
Ukraine, an American official has told Politico.

The West is worried that signs of Moscow deciding to “unleash the unthinkable” might “come too late,” according to the news outlet’s sources, cited in an article on Tuesday.

The ramping up of spying activities occurred after an address by Vladimir Putin a week ago, in which he slammed “some senior officials in NATO states”
for suggesting that using nuclear weapons against Russia was justified.
He made it clear that such a move won’t be left unanswered, noting that
Russia has its own arsenal of destructive weapons, some of which
surpass their Western-counterparts. “If the territorial integrity of
our nation is threatened, we will certainly use all the means that we
have to defend Russia and our people. It’s not a bluff,” the president said.

However, Putin’s words were interpreted by politicians and media in the US and EU as a “veiled threat” that Russia could deploy nuclear weapons during the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

“We’re watching it more closely,” a US government official with “access to intelligence on Moscow’s nuclear forces and strategy” told Politico.

According to the official, additional US and allied intelligence
assets — in the air, space and cyberspace – are monitoring Russia’s
activities. The West has also increased reliance on commercial
Earth-imaging satellites to watch Russian units in Ukraine that could
potentially receive a nuclear order from Moscow.

Russia’s exclave
of Kaliningrad, sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic
coast, has also been attracting increased attention from Western
intelligence agencies, due to the dual-use weapons systems and
hypersonic missiles deployed there, the report said.

Acquiring advance
knowledge of an imminent Russian nuclear attack could be difficult, the
official acknowledged. That’s because Moscow has some two dozen weapons
systems that can deliver both conventional and nuclear warheads, he
added.

The current assessment by Western intelligence is that Russia will “never use a strategic nuclear weapon” over concerns of provoking an all-out nuclear war with NATO, the source said. “What they’ll do is use a short-range weapon. They have warheads that we call micro-nukes,” he said, adding that “it’s still a big bomb.”

“We are not threatening anyone with nuclear weapons,” Russia’s deputy foreign minister Sergey Ryabkov reiterated last week, referring journalists to the country’s military doctrine.

This
doctrine only allows the use of nuclear arms if such weapons, or other
types of weapons of mass destruction, are used to target Russia, or if
the country is faced with an existential threat from conventional arms.

Putin’s words must be taken seriously – Merkel — RT World News

https://www.rt.com/news/563660-merkel-putin-words-seriously/

28 Sep, 2022 12:32

Putin’s words must be taken seriously – Merkel

Heeding what Moscow says is “political wisdom” and not a sign of weakness, the former German chancellor said
Putin’s words must be taken seriously – Merkel
Western
countries should take Russian President Vladimir Putin and his
statements seriously, former German chancellor Angela Merkel said on
Tuesday. Her remarks came after the Russian leader issued a warning to
the West last week, noting that those who use nuclear blackmail against
Moscow “should know that the wind rose can turn around.”

In
a rare public appearance at the opening of the Chancellor Helmut Kohl
Foundation in Berlin on Tuesday, Merkel noted that Vladimir Putin’s
words should not be ignored.

Not dismissing them as a bluff, but taking them seriously is by no means a sign of weakness,” she said. On the contrary, “this is a sign of political wisdom, which helps to preserve room to maneuver or, no less important, even to develop a new one,” the former chancellor added.

She was apparently referring to Putin’s statement last week, in which he signaled that Moscow would use “all means to defend Russia and our people” if its territorial integrity is threatened.

Merkel
was also asked what she thought former chancellor Helmut Kohl would
have done against the backdrop of the Ukraine conflict.

According to Merkel, he would “make every effort to protect and restore the sovereignty and integrity of Ukraine” as Kiev sought to fight off Russian troops. However, she added that Kohl would look to “the day after” and keep an open mind about something “unimaginable” now – “how relations to and with Russia could one day be redeveloped” after the conflict ends.

Merkel,
who is widely considered to have been Kohl’s protege, served as
Germany’s chancellor for 16 years and established working relations with
Putin. During her tenure, Germany was also heavily reliant on Russian
gas imports. She was criticized for her relations with Moscow despite
supporting anti-Russia sanctions imposed by the West after the Crimean
Peninsula broke away from Ukraine and rejoined Russia.

In June,
Merkel said her resignation last year might have influenced Putin’s
decision to start the military operation in Ukraine in late February. At
the time, she also acknowledged her failure to create “an additional European-Russian discussion format about a European security order alongside the Normandy format,”
referring to a framework that paved the way for the 2014 and 2015 Minsk
agreements, which sought to establish a ceasefire between pro-Russia
and pro-Kiev forces.

Medvedev Says US, NATO Won’t Intervene If Russia Uses Nuke

https://www.nationandstate.com/2022/09/28/medvedev-says-us-nato-wont-intervene-if-russia-uses-nuke/?amp
Medvedev Says US, NATO Won’t Intervene If Russia Uses Nuke Authored by Dave DeCamp via AntiWar.com, Russian Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday said he doesn’t believe the US and NATO would intervene if Russia launched a nuclear strike in Ukraine over fears of a “nuclear apocalypse” despite recent comments from US officials. Medvedev, a […]

Ukraine latest: Putin poised to announce annexation of occupied regions – UK – BBC News

Comment by tonytran2015: So Putin would claim that any liberation/counter-attack by Ukraine is an attack on (newly claimed) Russian territory and he would use nuclear weapons against Ukraine.

https://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-europe-63045333

White House Sent Multiple Nuclear Warnings To Kremlin Via Backchannels

https://www.nationandstate.com/2022/09/25/white-house-sent-multiple-nuclear-warnings-to-kremlin-via-backchannels/
White House Sent Multiple Nuclear Warnings To Kremlin Via Backchannels Authored by by Kyle Anzalone via AntiWar.com, The Joe Biden administration has sent several warnings to Russia via backchannels regarding the possible use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine, the Washington Post reports. The White House’s messages to Russia have been intentionally nondescript to foster uncertainty in Moscow about…

VOA Visits Mass Burial Site in Izium, Ukraine

https://www.voanews.com/a/voa-visits-mass-burial-site-in-izium-ukraine/6761518.html

…Ukrainian officials announced on Friday that they had exhumed more than 400 bodies at a mass burial site near Izium, Kharkiv region, from which
Russian troops recently retreated after a Ukrainian counteroffensive.
Many of those buried there, they said, apparently died a violent death —
bodies were found with their hands tied behind their backs, ropes around their necks, broken bones and gunshot wounds; some men had their
genitalia severed. VOA Eastern Europe Bureau chief Myroslava Gongadze
visited the site…

Ukraine war: Could Russia use tactical nuclear weapons? – BBC News

Comment by tonytran2015: According to Ukrinform, Russia had lost 50,000+ soldiers. A tactical nuke may kill 10,000 soldiers and would be a small casualty figure to Russia.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-60664169

According to US intelligence, Russia has about about 2,000 tactical nuclear weapons.

Its tactical nuclear warheads can be placed on various types of missiles which are normally used to deliver conventional explosives, such as cruise missiles and artillery shells…