Putin’s Use of Nuclear Weapons a Possibility the US Must Consider: Mullen

Retired Admiral Mike Mullen said Sunday the United States must consider the possibility that Russia could launch a nuclear strike while the war in Ukraine rages on.

“It’s very difficult to know what [President Vladimir] Putin thinks at all times. He’s obviously talked about it. I think we have to make sure we’re considering it as a possibility,” Mullen said in an interview with ABC host Martha Raddatz In this week.

The retired admiral added that he hopes to prevent the use of nuclear weapons, saying “they are the most devastating weapons ever created on Earth”.

Mullen, who also served as Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair under former President Barack Obama, noted that nuclear weapons were “devastating” when they were used in the 1940s and that efforts should therefore be made “to ensure that they… don’t do it Used.”

“She [nuclear weapons] are part of Putin’s arsenal. He’s cornered and boxed in pretty well,” he said.

Although Putin has not specifically said that Russia will launch a nuclear attack, some officials have warned that it is necessary to be prepared for a possible attack.

Earlier this month, Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov said news week that NATO does not take the threat of nuclear war seriously.

Putin's use of nuclear weapons a possibility
Retired Admiral Mike Mullen said Sunday the United States must consider the possibility that Russia could launch a nuclear strike while the war in Ukraine rages on. Above Mullen speaks at the New York City Salute to Service Awards at Metropolitan Pavilion on April 26, 2017 in New York City.
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Meanwhile, Republican Senator Mitt Romney of Utah noted on Saturday that given Putin’s “illogical” actions, it’s important to be prepared for possible nuclear attacks.

“By invading Ukraine, Mr. Putin has already demonstrated his ability to make illogical and self-destructive decisions,” Romney said in a comment The New York Times. “If he loses in Ukraine, he will not only have failed in his life’s purpose of undoing what he called the ‘greatest geopolitical catastrophe’ of the 20’s as a great power and reinvigorated his opponents.”

Russia has a military doctrine that outlines certain conditions under which the country may use nuclear weapons, according to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko.

Those conditions include Russia using nuclear weapons if its enemies also use those or other weapons that will cause mass destruction on Russian territory and/or its allies. Russia is also permitted to use nuclear weapons if the country’s critical government or military sites are attacked by the enemy in a manner that would underestimate a nuclear-armed response.

news week has asked the Russian Foreign Ministry for an opinion.

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