Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied on Thursday that he has any intention of using nuclear weapons against Ukraine
Putin described the war in the country as part of the West’s efforts to assert its power in the world, which he said would fail.
Speaking at a conference of international experts on foreign policy, Putin said it would make no sense for Russia to launch a nuclear attack on Ukraine.
“We don’t see the need for that. It makes no sense politically and militarily,” Putin said.
Putin said his earlier warning that he was ready to use “everything available to defend Russia” did not mean using nuclear weapons, but was in response to Western talk of a possible nuclear attack. use nuclear weapons
He singled out Liz Truss, who in August said she would be ready to use nuclear weapons if she became prime minister, a statement Putin said had worried the Kremlin.
Truss became Britain’s prime minister in early September but resigned after 44 days
“What should we think?” said Putin. “We saw that as a united stance, an attempt to intimidate us.”
Putin accused the United States and its allies of trying to impose their rules on other countries, which he described as a “dangerous, bloody and dirty” game of domination.
Putin, who sent his troops to Ukraine on February 24, described the West’s support for Kyiv as part of a wider effort by Washington and its allies to impose their will on others.
The Russian leader said that the policies of the West will increase the chaos, adding that “everyone will reap the fruits of what they sow.”
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told reporters on Thursday that the US has yet to see any indication that Putin has decided to use nuclear weapons.