White House formulating contingencies for nuclear weapon use by Russia

4 October, 11:46 AM
US National Security Council Strategic Communications Coordinator John Kirby (Photo:REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein)

US National Security Council Strategic Communications Coordinator John Kirby (Photo:REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein)

The U.S. is developing a plan of response to any potential use of nuclear weapons by Russia, U.S. National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said in an interview with CNN on Oct. 3.

“We are following this as closely as we can,” Kirby said.

“And we haven't seen anything that would make us change our strategic posture of containment. So I think you know that we take these threats seriously.”

According to Kirby, there are no signs yet that Kremlin dictator Vladimir Putin has begun any preparations for a nuclear strike.

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He added that the US has taken steps to prepare for a response if Russia uses nuclear weapons.

On Sept. 21, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, after announcing a "partial mobilization” in Russia, once again threatened the use of nuclear weapons, saying that "this is not a bluff."

The United States stated that in the event that Russia uses nuclear weapons against Ukraine, Washington's and its allies' response will be decisive. The US warned the Kremlin of "catastrophic consequences."

According to Ukraine’s military intelligence chief, Kyrylo Budanov, Russia will not launch a nuclear strike in the near future.

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