US State Department talks about consequences for Russia if it uses ‘dirty bomb’ in Ukraine

25 October 2022, 01:35 PM
Official representative of the State Department, Ned Price (Photo:Olivier Douliery/Pool via REUTERS)

Official representative of the State Department, Ned Price (Photo:Olivier Douliery/Pool via REUTERS)

The U.S. State Department stressed that Russia will face consequences regardless of whether it uses a so-called “dirty bomb” or conventional nuclear weapons, Ned Price, the State Department spokesperson said during a briefing on Oct. 24.

Asked whether Washington would treat Russia’s use of a dirty bomb – a nuclear weapon that functions more to spread radioactive material than to cause explosive damage – in the same way as any other nuclear attack, Price said there would be consequences for Russia in both cases.

“There would be consequences for Russia whether it uses a dirty bomb or a nuclear bomb. We’ve been very clear about that,” Price said.

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Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Oct. 23 held phone talks with his U.S. French, UK and Turkish counterparts. During the calls, Shoigu expressed “concern” to his colleagues that Ukraine was allegedly preparing false flag attacks with the use of a dirty bomb.

Shoigu provided no evidence to back his claims. Ukraine immediately said that Russia was setting the stage for its own use of a dirty bomb in Ukraine in a false flag attack that the Kremlin would blame on Ukraine.

Following Shoigu’s unsupported allegations, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba held talks with Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi on Oct. 24.

Grossi agreed to urgently send experts to two civil nuclear facilities in Ukraine that Russia had claimed to be developing a dirty bomb.

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