In Washington, President Joe Biden acknowledged on Monday the genuine concern regarding Russian President Vladimir Putin’s potential use of tactical nuclear weapons.
This acknowledgment follows Biden’s recent condemnation of Russia’s deployment of such weapons in Belarus.
Over the weekend, Biden strongly criticized Putin’s announcement regarding Russia’s deployment of tactical nuclear weapons to Belarus, labeling it as “absolutely irresponsible.”
The President’s remarks highlight the escalating tensions and concerns surrounding Russia’s actions in the region.
“When I was out here about two years ago saying I worried about the Colorado River drying up, everybody looked at me like I was crazy,” Biden told a group of donors in California on Monday.
“They looked at me like when I said I worry about Putin using tactical nuclear weapons. It’s real,” Biden said.
Recent developments have raised concerns as Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko announced the delivery of Russian tactical nuclear weapons to his country.
Lukashenko claimed that these weapons were three times more powerful than the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.
This marks Russia’s first deployment of such warheads outside its borders since the Soviet Union’s dissolution.
The United States has stated that it has no plans to change its stance on strategic nuclear weapons in response to this deployment.
Furthermore, there have been no indications suggesting that Russia is preparing to use a nuclear weapon, according to US officials.
In May, Russia dismissed President Joe Biden’s criticism of their plan to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, citing the long-standing deployment of such weapons by the US in Europe.
The deployment of Russian tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus is closely monitored by the United States, its allies, and China, which has consistently cautioned against the use of nuclear weapons in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. The situation continues to be a matter of significant international attention.