uS President Joe Biden appeared before party supporters to warn of the danger of nuclear conflict with Russia. At a fundraiser for November’s congressional elections, he said Thursday night in New York that the world has not faced the prospect of “Armageddon” since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. Journalists traveling with us reported this, but they were not in the room.
Biden also said he knows Russian President Vladimir Putin well. He was not joking when he talked about the possible use of tactical nuclear weapons, chemical and biological weapons. Its military is weakened by the fighting in Ukraine. He, Biden, does not believe that the use of tactical nuclear weapons is possible, as Putin threatened to do in mid-September, and it does not lead to “Armageddon”.
US warns of “catastrophic consequences”.
Given the successful Ukrainian counteroffensive, Russia recently annexed four occupied Ukrainian territories in violation of international law. Putin declared that we will protect it by all available means.
Jake Sullivan, the White House national security adviser, said in September that Washington considered the threats irresponsible. Sullivan also warned that the use of tactical nuclear weapons would have “disastrous consequences”. But he added that there was currently no indication that Moscow would use nuclear weapons.
Nevertheless, Sullivan has spoken publicly about communicating with Moscow through a direct channel — including “significant responses” that Washington will choose if Moscow chooses to go down the “dark path” of that communication. Washington is considering a regular strike against Russian positions in Ukraine, as FAZ announced after Putin’s threat.
The fact that Biden is now drawing comparisons to the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 may also be related to the election campaign. The president’s choice of a party event speaks for itself. He must have known that his words would reach the journalists sitting outside. Anyway, John F. Biden chose to draw comparisons to Kennedy and the dramatic times of successful covert diplomacy sixty years ago.
At the time, Kennedy responded with a naval blockade of Soviet medium-range missiles discovered by an American U-2 aircraft stationed in Cuba. During those 13 days in October, the superpowers came as close as ever to nuclear war. Kennedy was adamant, however, that the compromise finally found included not only the withdrawal of Soviet missiles but also – months later – the withdrawal of American Jupiter missiles from Turkey.
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