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Joe Biden says Russian Vladimir Putin does not plan to use nukes to invade Ukraine

Joe Biden has said he doesn’t believe Vladimir Putin plans to use nuclear weapons if the Russian leader decides to invade Ukraine.

A day after the top US diplomat said any attack by Russia could go beyond the use of “conventional” weapons, and even claimed it could involve chemical weapons, Mr Biden said that he did not believe nuclear weapons would be involved.

Speaking at the White House, where he described conversations he had earlier in the day with European leaders, the president was asked about his reaction to Mr Putin planning to spend the weekend supervising nuclear exercises.

“How do you see this happening? What is your reaction to this gentleman,” Mr Biden was asked when he answered a handful of questions from reporters.

“Well, I don’t think he’s remotely considering using nuclear weapons,” Biden said.

He added: “But I think he is focused on trying to convince the world that he has the ability to change the dynamics in Europe in a way that he cannot.”

Mr. Biden repeated his claim that the United States had intelligence showing that Mr. Putin had decided to invade Ukraine. Yet moments later he said it was “difficult to read her mind”.

When asked why he thought the Russian leader had decided to invade, he replied: “There is a significant intelligence capability.”

The US president’s comments were part of the latest flurry of public assertions from Washington about what he says Russia plans to do.

While the United States claims to have the necessary intelligence to back up its claims, its officials have said making them so frequently and so openly was part of an attempt to deter Mr Putin. Russia, meanwhile, denies plans to invade Ukraine, even as thousands of its troops are massed near the country’s border.

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On Thursday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a speech at the UN that the United States believed any Russian action could go beyond the use of conventional weapons.

“Conventional attacks are not all Russia plans to inflict on the Ukrainian people,” Blinken told an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council.

He claimed that Russia could start by implementing plans to “manufacture a pretext for its attack”.

“It could be a so-called terrorist bombing inside Russia, the fabricated discovery of a mass grave, a staged drone strike on civilians, or ‘a fake – if not a real attack – using chemical weapons’.

The reference to nuclear weapons on Friday was a stark reminder of some of the tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union at the time, during the Cold War. Today, Russia and the United States possess the overwhelming number of nuclear weapons.

The Federation of American Scientists estimates that Russia has as many as 6,250 such weapons, while the United States has 5,600. As many as 150 of the United States’ nuclear weapons are located in countries of the NATO in other NATO countries.

In November, pro-Russian autocrat Alexander Lukashenko, president of Belarus, which shares its southern border with Ukraine, offered to keep Russian weapons in his country.

“I would propose to Putin to return nuclear weapons to Belarus,” Lukashenko said in the interview with Dmitry Kiselyov, the head of Russia’s state media group. Rossiya Segodnya.

The possession of so many nuclear weapons by the United States and Russia is one of the reasons the United States decided not to send American troops to Ukraine.

In an interview with NBC News, Mr. Biden was asked under what circumstances he would send troops to Ukraine if American citizens were stuck or trapped there following a Russian invasion.

“There’s no [one]Mr. Biden said. “It’s a world war – when the Americans and the Russians start shooting at each other, we’re in a very different world than we’ve ever been in.”


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