NATO head aggression Ukraine dangerous reckless
aggression Ukraine dangerous reckless Reuters: NEW YORK The mobilisation of thousands of additional Russian troops for the war in Ukraine will exacerbate tensions, and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s warning to deploy nuclear weapons was “dangerous and reckless rhetoric,” according to the secretary general of NATO on Wednesday.
In an interview with Reuters Editor in Chief Alessandra Galloni, Jens Stoltenberg stated that although Russia’s first mobilisation since World War Two was not unexpectedit would escalate the confrontation that had started on February 24 with the Russian invasion.
According to Stoltenberg, Putin’s actions showed “that the war is not proceeding according to his plans” and that he had “made a significant miscalculation.”
Putin hinted to the West that he was willing to use nuclear weapons to defend Russia by mobilising 300,000 reservists to fight in Ukraine and supporting a proposal to takeover portions of the nation.
“We’ll make sure there are no misunderstandings about our precise course of action in Moscow. Of course, it depends on the circumstances and potential weaponry involved. Preventing that from happening is of utmost importance, which is why we have been so explicit in our talks with Russia about the unprecedented implications “Stoltenberg added, alluding to any nuclear weapons use by Russia.
(Writing by John Chalmers; editing by Will Dunham; reporting by Humeyra Pamuk in New York and John Chalmers in Brussels)