The United States of America’s Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin has warned that “any rhetoric about the employment of nuclear weapons by Russia is dangerous and must be avoided at all cost.
Austin said this when he was asked by NBC if he has seen any actions backing up President Vladimir Putin’s recent threat to unleash nuclear weapons if the need arises.
“Any rhetoric about the employment of nuclear weapons is dangerous, and I think we should avoid that if at all possible,” Austin told NBC on Wednesday.
Recall that Putin over the weekend placed his strategic forces, including nuclear weapons, on a heightened state of alert.
Austin, however, said he is “comfortable” with the United State’s ability not only to protect itself, but also to protect its allies, adding “I’m confident that we can defend not only ourselves, but our allies and partners.”
The Russian invasion of Ukraine enters its 8th day today, with a large number of casualties already recorded