Poland warns NATO of ‘brutal response’ if Russia uses nuclear weapons

Poland’s foreign minister said that in the scenario of Russia using nuclear weapons in Ukraine, NATO would not respond with nuclear weapons but would “deal a devastating blow”.

“As far as we understand, Putin is threatening to use nuclear weapons on Ukrainian territory but not attack NATO, which means that the alliance should respond in the usual way,” Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau said. on NBC News on September 27.

“However, the response will be devastating. I think this is a clear message that NATO is sending to Russia,” said Foreign Minister Rau.

Russia has not yet commented on the Polish foreign minister’s message.

Poland's Leopard 2A4 main battle tank participates in a drill at the Hohenfels training range, Germany on January 29.  Photo: US Army.

Poland’s Leopard 2A4 main battle tank participates in a drill at the Hohenfels training range, Germany on January 29. Image: US Army.

Rau’s warning comes as Western officials say Russia is facing a military crisis in Ukraine, as its forces are pushed back in Kharkov province.

The West believes that Russian President Vladimir Putin can use tactical nuclear weapons to shock Ukrainian forces and stop counterattacks.

Tactical nuclear weapons are low destructive weapons designed for use on the battlefield. Some experts estimate that Russia possesses about 2,000 such weapons, which can be transferred to the air, navy and ground forces.

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on September 25 that any use of nuclear weapons would lead to “catastrophic consequences for Russia”. Mr. Sullivan said the US side made this clear in private talks with Russian officials.

President Putin on September 21 issued a partial mobilization order to increase 300,000 troops to participate in the military operation in Ukraine, and affirmed that Moscow is ready to use all available tools, including “weapons”. with varying degrees of destruction”, to protect “territorial integrity”.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov on September 23 explained that the country “does not threaten anyone with nuclear weapons”, referring to Russia’s military doctrine that only uses its nuclear arsenal for self-defense. when the country is threatened. However, Ryabkov said Russia was warning the West that there were risks to its intervention in Ukraine and urged the US to avoid a situation that could lead to a direct military clash with Russia.

Nguyen Tien (Theo Guardian)

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