The Russian Defense Ministry today denied as absurd Washington’s claim that Russia was going to use tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine. This was reported by the Interfax agency. At the same time, Moscow consistently denied warnings from Western sources about preparations for the Russian invasion of Ukraine for several months before attacking the country on February 24.
“The statement of the director of the Central Intelligence Service of the CIA (William) Burns on the possible use of tactical nuclear weapons is absurd,” said today Igor Kirillov, head of the defense forces against radiation, chemical and biology of the Russian armed forces.
“In the current state of the art of the international nuclear test monitoring system, it is not possible to conceal the use of this type of weapon. If the director of the CIA does not understand this, either he is not a professional, or he is being misled,” Kirillov said.
Burns did not rule out the possibility of Russia using tactical nuclear weapons against Ukraine, but admitted that preparations for such a move were not yet apparent, Interfax said.
All states must prepare for the possibility that Russian President Vladimir Putin could use tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a television interview a week ago. According to Zelenský, Putin does not value human lives.
US officials have warned in the past against a similar scenario, in case Putin feels stuck. “Given the theoretical desperation of President Putin and the Russian leadership, given the failures they have faced militarily so far, none of us can take lightly the threat posed by the use of tactical nuclear weapons “, warned the head of the CIA.