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War in Ukraine live: for Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin “is not joking” when he brandishes the nuclear threat

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Joe Biden warns of a risk of nuclear “apocalypse”

US President Joe Biden warned on Thursday of a risk of“apocalypse”for the first time since the Cold War, because of threats to use nuclear weapons by Moscow.

Russian President Vladimir Putin “does not joke when he talks about the potential use of tactical nuclear weapons or biological or chemical weapons, because his army, one could say, is very underperforming”judged Joe Biden, during a fundraiser as part of the Democratic senatorial campaign, in New York.

Faced with stubborn Ukrainian resistance fueled by Western military aid, Vladimir Putin alluded to the atomic bomb in a televised speech on September 21. He said he was ready to use ” all means “ in his arsenal against the West, which he had accused of wanting ” destroy “ Russia. “It’s not a bluff”he had assured.

“We haven’t faced the prospect of an apocalypse since Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis” in 1962, alerted, on Thursday, the American president

According to experts, an atomic attack would likely employ tactical nuclear weapons – smaller in explosive charge than a strategic nuclear weapon. But Washington considers that even a tactical nuclear strike could trigger a wider conflagration.

Mr. Biden also said he wondered about a way out for his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin: “How can he get out of this?” How can he position himself so that he neither loses face nor loses a significant portion of his power in Russia? »