Russia to get strong military response if it uses nuclear weapons against Ukraine, Borrell warns

13 October 2022, 04:15 PM
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell (Photo:REUTERS/Yves Herman)

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell (Photo:REUTERS/Yves Herman)

The European Union, the United States and NATO will give a strong military response to Russia if it uses nuclear weapons against Ukraine, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said at the opening of the European Diplomatic Academy in Bruges on Oct. 13.

He said that the response won’t be nuclear, but would lead to the destruction of the Russian army.

Borrell also noted Russian dictator Vladimir Putin’s statement about the protection of the Russian territory “by all available means.”

According to the EU official, Western countries are not bluffing either when they warn about the consequences of using nuclear weapons in Ukraine.

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He said this was a serious moment in history and the West must show its unity, strength and determination.

At the same time, Borrell emphasized the need to continue looking for diplomatic ways to resolve the war unleashed by Russia.

The Reuters news agency reported on Oct. 12, citing a senior NATO official, that a Russian nuclear strike would change the course of the conflict and almost certainly provoke a “physical response” from Ukraine’s allies and potentially from NATO countries.

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, after announcing mobilization in Russia on Sept. 21, once again threatened Western countries with the use of nuclear weapons, saying “this is not a bluff.”

Earlier, Ukrainian intelligence said that they consider the threat of Russia’s use of tactical nuclear weapons against Ukraine “very high.”

At the same time, according to the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Kyrylo Budanov, Russia is not expected to launch a nuclear strike in the near future.

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