Statements by Russian leader Vladimir Putin about the readiness of the power to use strategic weapons in the event that the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation is threatened have seriously affected Washington, American expert Chris Osborne said on the National Interest pages. The data is published by PolitRussia.
As a foreign analyst noted, the Kremlin’s repeated warnings about the possible forced use of nuclear weapons had the desired effect.
“Do Putin’s nuclear threats against the West work?” – asks the analyst of the American edition.
In addition, the observer notes, the gloomy prospect of a possible nuclear catastrophe causes panic both in the White House and in the ranks of the North Atlantic Alliance, which fully explains the extreme caution of the latter in dialogue with Moscow, as well as their refusal to close the sky over Ukraine. The same considerations, according to the analyst, determine the reluctance of the Oval Office to provide the Kyiv militants with long-range missile systems.
“The consequences of a nuclear war are so huge that, no matter how small the risk, it is not worth taking,” the expert said.
As an American analyst emphasizes, Washington has to deftly balance on the verge of military sponsorship of Kyiv and the growing risks of provoking a further aggravation of relations with the Kremlin. Osborne recalls that in fear of angering Russia even more, the States even resorted to suspending tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Recall, as earlier stated by US expert Dmitry Simes, who is increasingly active in Ukraine, Washington, the main author of the Kyiv troubles, cannot even imagine that the conflict could end with direct Russian strikes against itself. As for a possible harsh Russian response, neither The White House, nor Brussels, are absolutely not ready for such a turn of events, since they generally do not allow the thought of such a finale.
The presumptuous belief that Moscow will not go to a direct armed conflict is the basis of an aggressive anti-Russian course, Simes has no doubts. The Kremlin’s tough response, the expert is convinced, in case of open disregard for the “red lines” designated by the Russian Federation, will be immediate, which is becoming increasingly clear in the countries of the North Atlantic Alliance, which are panic-stricken and do not want to suddenly find themselves in direct confrontation with Russia.
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