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

Ex-Mongolian president calls on Putin to stop war against Ukraine

https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-ato/3578680-head-of-world-mongol-federation-calls-on-putin-to-stop-war-against-ukraine.html

Ex-Mongolian president calls on Putin to stop war against Ukraine

Ex-Mongolian president calls on Putin to stop war against Ukraine

video

The former President of Mongolia,
Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, has called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to
immediately stop the war against Ukraine, adding that Mongolia is ready
to receive Russians fleeing a military mobilization announced by
Putin’s regime.
According to Ukrinform, the World Mongol Federation shared his message on YouTube.

“I have a simple message to President Putin. Stop the war! I have met
with you on many occasions. You have the power to stop this war right
now. Now it’s time to make peace. My heart is breaking apart when I see
Russia. Since you started this war Russia has been drowned in fears,
full of tears. Your mobilization brings oceans of suffering. Mr.
President, stop your senseless killings and destruction!” Tsakhiagiin
Elbegdorj said.

He noted that since the beginning of the bloody war against Ukraine,
ethnic minorities in Russia have suffered the most, in particular,
residents of Buryatia, Tuva, and Kalmykia, whom the Kremlin uses as
cannon fodder. That is why Mongolia is ready to accept people fleeing
Putin’s mobilization.

Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj separately addressed those being forced to fight Putin’s war in Ukraine.

“Don’t shoot Ukrainians. Don’t shoot your sisters and brothers,
children and elders. Do not kill that country. Do not kill their
freedom. Ukraine has a full right to exist,” he said.

He also conveyed a message to the brave people of Ukraine and President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“Thank you for your bravery and leadership. The best side of the
world is with you. You are an inspiration. When you win, all people will
win. No dictatorship lasts forever. The united will of people’s freedom
will always prevail. Slava Heroyam [Glory to the Heroes]!” Tsakhiagiin
Elbegdorj said.

Russia could draft up to 1M reservists, classified clause of mobilization decree says – media

https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-ato/3577274-russia-could-draft-up-to-1m-reservists-classified-clause-of-mobilization-decree-says-media.html

Russia could draft up to 1M reservists, classified clause of mobilization decree says – media

Paragraph 7 of Vladimir Putin’s decree
announcing partial mobilization across Russia, which has been
classified, allows the country’s defense ministry to call up one million
people.
That’s according to the Novaya Gazeta EU outlet, citing a source in the presidential administration, Ukrinform reports.

Earlier, a scan copy of Vladimir Putin’s decree on the introduction
of “partial mobilization” in Russia was published on the legal
information portal. Paragraph 7 of the decree is marked “for restricted
use.” Later, in response to journalists’ inquiries, the president’s
press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, said that the classified item was
related to the number of reservists who could be called up for military
service.

Read also: Putin’s mobilization reflects Russia’s problems on battlefield – Blinken

The source emphasizes that at first the question of classifying the
entire text of the decree was discussed as defense officials were
pushing for this. Later, it was decided to shut from the public
exclusively Paragraph 7, which actually reveals how many Russians could
be mobilized.

“The number was corrected several times, and in the end, they settled on a million,” the source claimed.

Read also: CinC Zaluzhnyi on mobilization in Russia: We will destroy anyone who comes to our land up in arms

As Ukrinform reported earlier, on September 21, Russian President
Vladimir Putin signed a decree on partial mobilization in Russia.
According to the Kremlin chief, the decree applies to military
reservists, primarily those who have served in the ranks of the armed
forces, have certain military accounting specialties, as well as
relevant experience. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced
that some 300,000 reservists would be called up as part of partial
mobilization.

Russia may use nuclear weapons against Ukraine – intelligence official

https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-ato/3577560-russia-may-use-nuclear-weapons-against-ukraine-intelligence-official.html

Russia may use nuclear weapons against Ukraine – intelligence official

Russia may use nuclear weapons against Ukraine – intelligence official

Vadym Skibitskyi, a representative of the
Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense, has
warned that the possible use of tactical nuclear weapons by Russia in
the war against Ukraine could pose a threat to all countries in the
Black Sea region.
That’s according to ITV News, Ukrinform reports.

“It is possible Russia will use nuclear weapons against Ukraine. They
will try to stop our offensive activity and to destroy our state,”
Skibitskyi said.

Such actions by Russia will pose a threat not only to Ukraine, but also to other countries, he added.

“The blast of a tactical nuclear weapon will have an impact not only
in Ukraine but the Black Sea region,” Skibitskyi said, adding that the
fallout from use of a nuclear weapon could affect countries including
Poland, Turkey and Bulgaria.

He said that the consequence of mobilization measures in Russia could
be an offensive by the Russian army, which may begin, according to
Ukrainian intelligence, as early as this winter.

“Our assessment is that a new offensive is possible during winter and
spring. This is why Russia needs new units. The main goal of Russia is
the occupation of all of Ukraine’s territory,” Skibitskyi said.

In his televised video address on September 21, Russian President
Vladimir Putin threatened to use nuclear weapons. U.S. President Joe
Biden, in turn, said that the U.S. is ready to pursue critical arms
control measures in the world. EU High Representative Josep Borrell
noted that Putin’s threatening the use of nuclear weapons will not shake
support for Ukraine.

Putin warning: What does Russian military call-up mean for Ukraine? – BBC News

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-62981289

… If Russia claims, after controversial referendums, that more parts of Ukraine have joined Russia it may then also claim that Russia itself is

under Nato attack.

Kyiv and Western leaders see the “referendums” as disguise for a Russian land grab. US Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink said “sham referenda”
and mobilisation were signs of Russian weakness…