Washington will respond in kind if Moscow uses WMD in Ukraine, Biden’s national security adviser has promised
The United States will retaliate forcefully if Russia uses nuclear weapons in Ukraine, President Joe Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan told CBS on Sunday. He also said referendums in the Donbass republics and the Ukrainian regions of Kherson and Zaporozhye had not changed Washington’s support for Kyiv.
“Any use of nuclear weapons will have catastrophic consequences for Russia“Sullivan said on the network’s Face the Nation program, explaining that the Biden administration had told Moscow both privately to”very high levels» and publicly that «the United States and our allies will react decisively if Russia uses nuclear weapons.”
Sullivan also revealed that Washington was keeping “a watchful eye” about the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. In order to reduce the risk of a catastrophic incident, the facility has been placed in cold shutdown in response to the constant bombardment both sides blame each other for.
However, the factory is still in operation. The International Atomic Energy Agency, which visited the site earlier this month, identified a “urgent need for interim measures to prevent a nuclear accident“, more precisely the “immediate creation of a nuclear safety and security zone.” The IAEA, however, did not mention the culprit behind the attacks, although Russia provided evidence pointing to the Ukrainian side.
The United States and its allies have condemned the referendums, which are still ongoing, as “illegitimate“, vowing not to recognize the results because the votes”in no way respects democratic standards”, although international observers from several countries have volunteered to come to the regions to verify the vote.
The people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk declared independence in 2014 and were recognized as independent states by Russia in February 2022, eight years after initially voting for autonomy in landslide referendums following the coup. US-backed state in Kyiv. Most of Kherson and Zaporozhye regions have been under Russian control since March.