US defense officials say Putin’s nuclear forces action is "escalatory and unnecessary"
A senior US defense officials said Russia has put his nuclear forces on an elevated alert status.
After Russia’s President Vladimir Putin addressed to his Minister of Defense and the Chief of the General Staff to transfer the deterrence forces of the Russian army to a special mode of combat duty, the US defense officials said there is no doubt that Russia is ready to use its nuclear weapon.
And this is true. The formulation means activating and alerting the most powerful missile weapons, including nuclear ones.
“We believe this is not only an unnecessary step to take but an escalatory one … that could make things much more dangerous,” the official told FOX News. “We have no reason to doubt the validity of this order but how it’s manifested itself is not completely clear yet.”
⚡️Foreign minister: Putin's nuclear threat is an attempt to put pressure on Ukraine ahead of the negotiations with Russia.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) February 27, 2022
Putin's order came shortly after it was announced that the two delegations were ready to meet, Dmytro Kuleba said.
"We will not succumb to this pressure."
According to the officials, the Pentagon is “confident” it has the ability to defend “the Homeland, allies and partners” with “tough strategic deterrence” but is still working to “assess what this action … actually means in tangible terms.”
"He was always calculating and cold. But this is different. He seems erratic. There is an ever-deepening, delusional rendering of history, it was always a kind of victimology about what had happened to them, but now it goes back to blaming Lenin for the foundation of Kyiv … in Ukraine," Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reacted to Putin’s order, according to "Fox News Sunday."
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