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US privately warned Russia against nuclear weapons – WaPo

The White House’s message is intentionally vague to make the Kremlin uncomfortable with the worst option, the newspaper reported.

The United States has privately warned Russia of the grave consequences if Moscow uses nuclear weapons in the Ukraine conflict, The Washington Post reported Thursday. According to US officials quoted by the outlet, however, US President Joe Biden’s administration chose to keep its message on the matter deliberately vague.

Post sources noted that communication with Moscow on the nuclear issue has continued in recent months. While US officials declined to say who delivered the messages and what exactly they were talking about, the vagueness is said to be to cultivate”strategic ambiguityand leave the Kremlin guessing how the United States would react if Russia deployed nuclear weapons.

Meanwhile, the outlet notes that it’s also unclear whether Washington had been in contact with Moscow since Wednesday, when Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial military mobilization and pledged to use “all meansnecessary to defend the territorial integrity of the country against external threats.

However, US officials said there was no sign that Russia was moving its nuclear assets to prepare for a nuclear strike, according to The Washington Post.

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Biden warns Russia against nuclear option in Ukraine

On Thursday, Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s former president, said Moscow could use nuclear weapons to defend its territory, including the Donbas republics and the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions, if they decide to join Russia.

The report on Washington’s nuclear warnings comes after US President Joe Biden warned Russia last week that if it used weapons of mass destruction in Ukraine it would face serious consequences and become a “pariah.”

In mid-August, however, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu dismissed claims that Moscow may be using nuclear weapons in the neighboring country as “absurdclaiming that there are no objectives in Ukraine that would justify doing so.

Russia’s current nuclear doctrine allows the use of nuclear weapons in the event of a nuclear first strike on its territory or infrastructure, or if the existence of the Russian state is threatened by nuclear or conventional weapons.

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