Washington. US President Joe Biden on Wednesday accused Russia of violating basic principles of United Nations membership by invading Ukraine and said Moscow is making “irresponsible” threats to use nuclear weapons.
Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Biden criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin for starting an unprovoked war. Some 40 UN members are helping Ukraine with funding and weapons.
The United States is taking Russian President Vladimir Putin’s threat to use nuclear weapons in the Ukraine war “seriously,” a White House spokesman said Wednesday, announcing “serious consequences” if it moves forward.
“It’s irresponsible rhetoric from a nuclear power,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said in an interview on ABC. “We are monitoring their strategic posture as best we can so that we can modify ours if necessary. We have not seen any indication that this is necessary at this time,” he added.
China called for a “ceasefire through dialogue” on Wednesday after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization to strengthen his offensive in Ukraine.
“We call on the relevant parties to reach a ceasefire through dialogue” and “find a solution that responds to the legitimate security concerns of all parties as soon as possible,” the ministry spokesman said at a press conference. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Wenbin.
The partial mobilization announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin will lead to “an enormous tragedy,” imprisoned opposition leader Aleksei Navalni said on Wednesday.
“All this will lead to a huge tragedy and a huge number of deaths,” the Kremlin’s main critic said at a hearing held on the occasion of one of his many trials, according to a video released by Russian media.
Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky said he “does not believe” that Russia will use nuclear weapons in the war in Ukraine, he said in an interview with German channel Bild TV on Wednesday, after Vladimir Putin made such a threat.
“I don’t think these weapons will be used. I don’t think the world will let that happen,” the Ukrainian head of state said, according to excerpts from the interview.
French President Emmanuel Macron urged the international community to put “maximum pressure” on Russian President Vladimir Putin, who said he was ready to use “all means” in his arsenal against the West.
Putin’s decisions, which also announced the mobilization of reservists, “will serve to further isolate Russia,” Macron added to the press on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.
The Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Jens Stoltenberg, accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of using “reckless nuclear rhetoric” when referring to the war in Ukraine.
“This is dangerous and reckless nuclear rhetoric. It is not new, because it has been done many times before. [Putin] knows very well that a nuclear war must never be fought and cannot be won,” Stoltenberg told a side event at the UN General Assembly.
President Vladimir Putin orders Russia’s first mobilization since World War II, warning the West that if it continues what he calls “nuclear blackmail,” Moscow will respond with the might of its vast arsenal. Infographic Graphic News.