Russia has been cautioned not to use chemical or tactical nuclear weapons in the conflict in Ukraine by US Vice President Joe Biden.
This will “alter the face of battle unlike anything since World War Two,” Mr. Biden said in an interview with CBS News.
He remained mum regarding the US’s response to the use of such weapons.
After its invasion of Ukraine in February, Russian President Vladimir Putin put the nation’s nuclear forces on “special” alert.
He explained to the defense commanders that the West’s “aggressive words” were to blame.
Many nations view nuclear weapons, which have been around for almost 80 years, as a deterrent that keeps their national security guaranteed.
Approximately 5,977 nuclear warheads are thought to be in Russia, according to the Federation of American Scientists.
It is still improbable that it will utilize such weapons, though.
In contrast to “strategic” nuclear weapons, which can be launched over considerably greater distances and raise the possibility of all-out nuclear war, tactical nuclear weapons are ones that can be employed at very close ranges.
President Biden was asked what he would say to President Putin if the latter were considering launching a weapon of mass destruction in Ukraine during an interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley at the White House.
President Biden responded, “Don’t, don’t, don’t.
Then Mr. Biden was questioned about what would happen to Mr. Putin if such a line was breached.
“You think I would tell you if I knew exactly what it would be? Of course, I’m not gonna tell you. It’ll be consequential,” Mr Biden responded.
They’ll be treated worse than before as outcasts in the world. What will happen would depend on how far they go with their actions.
The Kremlin had hoped that the war in Ukraine would proceed more smoothly than it has.
Ukraine claims that it has just reclaimed more than 8,000 sq km (3,088 sq miles) of land in the region of Kharkiv to the northeast.
Despite the seeming setback, President Putin has emphasized that Russia’s ambitions to continue its activities in the country’s east will not be thwarted by Ukraine’s effective counteroffensive.