A nuclear apocalypse is a real threat

US President Joe Biden assessed last night that Russian threats to use nuclear weapons in the conflict in Ukraine carry the risk of "apocalypse".

Source: Beta, AFP
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"We haven't been faced with the prospect of an apocalypse since Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962," Biden said in New York, assessing that his Russian colleague Vladimir Putin "isn't kidding" when he makes those threats.

"For the first time since the Cuban Missile Crisis, there is a direct threat of nuclear weapons if things continue on their current path," the US President said.

From October 14 to 28, 1962, the crisis with the missiles placed by the Soviet Union in Cuba, which the United States declared a threat to its security and declared the blockade of Cuba, kept the whole world in tension due to the fear of the outbreak of nuclear war.

Faced with staunch Ukrainian resistance, aided by Western military aid, Putin alluded to the use of atomic weapons in a televised speech on September 21. At the time, he said he was ready to use "all the means" in his arsenal and accused the West of wanting to "destroy" Russia, adding that "it's not a bluff."

Experts believe that tactical nuclear weapons, with a smaller explosive charge than strategic nuclear weapons, would be used in such attacks. But Biden warned that even a tactical nuclear strike would risk triggering a wider conflict.

"I don't think we can easily use tactical nuclear weapons without ultimately causing an apocalypse," Biden said. "Putin is not joking when he talks about the potential use of tactical nuclear weapons, or the use of biological or chemical weapons, because his military is ineffective," Biden said.

U.S. President also said that the United States will try to find out what is the way out for Putin.

"How can he get out of it. How can he position himself so that he does not lose his reputation, nor does he lose a significant part of his power in Russia," said Biden.

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