Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said that Moscow has no plans to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine and warned the world is facing the most dangerous decade since World War II.
“We see no need for that,” Putin said of the use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine in a speech at the Valdai Club, a Moscow-based think tank. “There is no point in that, neither political, nor military.”
Putin recently warned that Russia could use all the weapons at its disposal to defend its “territorial integrity,” and other Russian officials made clear that included nuclear weapons and applied to the territories Moscow recently annexed in Ukraine.
But there’s been no sign that Putin has made a decision to use nuclear weapons, and he said Thursday that Russia’s recent talk of nuclear weapons was a reaction to remarks from Western officials.
Discussing current global tensions, Putin said that the world is facing “probably, the most dangerous, unpredictable and at the same time important decade since the end of World War II.”
The Russian leader criticized the US and other Western powers’ for resorting to force to control other nations by using measures such as sanctions, trade wars, and backing coups. One example he used was the US assassination of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was killed by a US drone strike in Baghdad in 2020.
“They killed Soleimani, an Iranian general. You can think whatever you want about Soleimani, but he was a foreign state official. They killed him in a third country and assumed responsibility. What is that supposed to mean, for crying out loud?” he said.
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Other than the Putin Cheerleaders does any believe this guy?
I believe it, was a dumb idea anyway
Seeing as he said he would not invade Ukraine, I can’t say that I believe him, but I think that he actually is not going to use nukes in Ukraine – a dirty bomb or any other weapon that he can blame on the Ukrainians yes, WMD which only Russia has access to probably not.
Does anyone believe Biden, or the US says? How many treaties have we torn up at this point on a whim? At least, what Putin is saying reduces tensions, while everything Biden has done and said has increased tension with everyone, not just Russia and China, but now even long long-term oil buddy Saudi Arabia and with so much of the world. Biden doesn’t know how to do diplomacy and it’s painfully obvious.
That is not answer to question that I asked. The question is who believes Putin?
It’s relevant to the question you asked. No US, no war.
No it is not. It is a classically deflection strategy.
It’s you that deflected from Putin’s very serious statements with more silly “cheerleader” nonsense.
That is not the definition of deflection. But if it makes you feel better. I will change my question to
Other than Putin’s strong supporters does any believe this guy?
Sure, it is. And you can’t put toothpaste back in the tube. You said what you said. And you meant it.
Biden and his people are the wrong.people at the wrong time.We need peacemakers not Capitalist war lovers who.are in cahoots with the MIC that don’t care who and how.many. die as long as they make.a financial killing.
Wendell, ByeDone and his people ( and I use that term loosely) are the wrong “people” for ANY time!
The Blinkin’ Idiot, Cookies Nuland, Kagan…could it get any worse?
Let’s not forget Iran, Pal, and ByeDone’s disgusting kowtowing to IsraHell.
Once again, Putin sounds like the adult in the room while Biden constantly escalates the nuclear situation.
Is that the same adult in the room that invaded Ukraine and created all this madness?
It’s the sane adult who leads the elite power structure of Russia. He’s not a dictator and he couldn’t possibly have decided to launch an invasion on his own motion.
He is, definitely, the sane adult who launched the invasion. The people who (knowingly) provoked the invasion and are primarily responsible for this madness are the American leaders of the past three decades, and their puppets and client states.
You seem to have some cognitive dissonance going on here.
If the US/NATO trolled some juicy bait in front of Putin and he took it, he got played.
The only way he didn’t get played is if he’s making good decisions instead of just chasing after whatever shiny object his opponents throw out to get him to make bad ones.
If Putin has been played by USUK-NATO, that qualifies as dispositive evidence that the US and its puppets are primarily responsible.
That you imagine Putin and the Russian leadership are given to chasing shiny objects is evidence that you haven’t been paying attention to his and their statements and behavior over the past twenty years, or that you have fundamentally misread them..
I’m not the one imagining Putin and the Russian leadership are given to chasing shiny objects. That’s the inescapable logic of your claim.
I don’t think there’s any debate that the US/NATO trolled bait in front of Putin.
However, I’m not sure that he took the bait. You seem to be.
The Russians are fully aware, unlike Americans, that the West wants to conquer Russia through HRC type ‘regime change’ and make Russia another vassal state to exploit all its resources for the corps. in the West who will benefit from that action. The USA has sought to destroy Russia since 1948, and the policy, though changed and altered for the present day, remains in place. Here’s lots of articles on that: https://duckduckgo.com/?t=lm&q=destroy+russia+since+1948&ia=web
“He’s not a dictator” He is and world knows it.
Silly people can’t understand how it is possible to have over 80% support without being a dictator. Yes, it is possible, if one is efficient and doesn’t lie. People trust him and vote for him. The situation in Russia is different than what we have in The West where politicians permanently are lying and cheating. For them any honest man looks suspicious. Particular if he is a head of state.
Honest men (and women) wouldn’t want the job and don’t have the evil required to get elected.
Russia is a parliamentarian republic. And, whether it’s by one person or committee, as in the USA, it’s still a dictatorship.
When in doubt, pretend history started on February 24th.
Sometimes the adult in the room must give the child a spanking to remind him, he is not in charge of the house.
Try to keep up with the reality. Sure, Russia was supposed to wait while NATO-armed Ukrainian forces nassed at Donbas border roll over it into Russia?
For eight years we watched calmly as the death squads roamed Ukraine targetting Russian population, nationalizing their property, killing, disapoearing, Nice Gestapo style — must be very satisfying for people who suffered the stigma after Hitler lost for being German an allies. Now, thry can have a full revenge upon Russians, the people who fought in Berlin street to street to take Reichstag, and force Hitler into hiding.
Please get out of your dream world.
We are one human race. Only one. The fact that we are so calculatedly and smuggly calm about a state persecuting its population of a certain nationality — is appalling. And that we think it is just an unimportant blip in this conflict — is shocking.
Any state trying to push its own citizens out of the country does not have right of territorial
integrity guaranteed. UN Charter. Article 1,
Paragraph 2, Right to Self-Determination.
If we do not underdtand the nature of the conflict on the most basic level — we will misjudge the importance of geoplitical and military concerns.
Russian population does not give all the support to its leaders because of vague geopolitics. But people know firsthand the agony of Donbas and Gestapo desthsquads.
No leader in Russia would have delayed action as long as Putin did. Russia went the formal route to come to an agreement on the problem. The key is NATO presence in Ukraine regardless of membership. It is NATO that gives credibility to NATO regime, and the freedom to terrorize.
And it is clear that Russia understood that talking was meaningless. This is the reason for annexation of four provinces. A message — if there is no change of behaviour in Kiev, more such self-determination will follow,
The pause in Russia’s operations was long enough. But it was used to execute massive sabotage of pipelines and bridge.
Now the next stage is set. Patience vs. risky escallation. Start of talks vs another theatrical act of sabotage?
“The Western goal is to weaken, divide and
ultimately destroy our nation. They are openly stating that, since they
managed to break up the Soviet Union in 1991, now it’s time to split
Russia into many separate regions that will be at each other’s throats.” Russian President Vladimir Putin
“they managed to break up the Soviet Union in 1991” – USSR went to pieces after the collapse of the communist party. Putin never would say such a nonsense. You are misquoting him.
The official narrative was that Reagan outspent Russia on arms and it collapsed; wouldn’t that be part of the break up?
The reason of the collapse of the communist party was the total corruption and mismanagement. They appointed a silly demagogue Gorbachev as GenSec because they were afraid of the clever and honest.
That helped, but they were always corrupt, as all other govs. are, USA for example. War is a racket read this, by Gen. Butler. Nothing has changed since he wrote this in the 1930s. https://www.ratical.org/ratville/CAH/warisaracket.html
The fact is: USSR went to pieces because the party elite was too corrupt to care about that. They all were scared of Anropov’s anti-corruption campaign. Thats why they elected first Chernenko and then Gorbachev.
Much depends upon the leader. Particular in one party system. China is lucky to have Xi. His main achievement is the succesful anti-corruption campaign. That’s why they value him so much.
Here’s where I found the quotes, lots of articles on that issue here: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=us+to+destroy+russia+since+1948&t=lm&ia=web
This text is not written by Putin.
Can you tell when Putin told something like that?
I just got it off the articles, how do you know it wasn’t written by Putin? All we have is hearsay, that’s what news is, isn’t it?
If Putin had written this, we would know. He doesn’t write much. Everyone who cares is familiar with what he says and what he writes. For example, a couple of years ago he had written a long article about Russians and Ukrainians. Experts are talking a lot about what he says and what he writes.
“Cheney ‘wanted to see the dismantlement not
only of the Soviet Union and the Russian empire but of Russia itself, so it could never again be a threat to the rest of the world.’…The West must complete the project that began in 1991 …. Until Moscow’s empire is toppled, though, the region—and the world—will not be safe…” (“Decolonize Russia”, The Atlantic)
“What is that supposed to mean, for crying out loud?” he said.”
Who in the hell does the US think it is, Israel?
I think Putin is being very direct, forthright and certainly very serious.
The policy of both Russia and the US envisages conditions in which they will initiate the use of nukes. Avoiding myriad scenarios in which that would happen is the challenge.
The English text of Mr. Putin’s speech at the Valdai Discussion Club yesterday.
It is more or less correct, but not quite. Alan Freeman said: “The future Prime Minister, or rather his grandfather, was a Banderista”. In this text, instead of Banderista is Bandera. Definitely he is not grandson of Stepan Bandera. Bandera had no children.
I was thinking of Christyia Freedland when I read the text.
I don’t know much about Canadian politicians.
I listened this Valdai Club event with Putin. It is recorded. You may check.
“Putin Says Russia Won’t Use Nuclear Weapons in Ukraine.”
This means we should be worried about Russia using nuclear weapons in Ukraine.
Personally I think the nuclear threat is a distraction. The first regime to use nukes, even “tactical” nukes, will at the very least lose any support it previously had from any other regimes and from much of its own public, quite likely find itself “regime-changed” in short order, and possibly find its physical presence obliterated from the face of the earth.
The more serious threat, in my view, is the threat to escalate to destruction of satellites, which might result in an ablation cascade/Kessler effect. If Biden/Blinken are smart, they’ve already used the red phone to inform Moscow that the immediate result of any such escalation would be the destruction of the Baikonur Cosmodrome and the removal of Russia from the ranks of space-faring nations.
You keep posting comments that suggest you think Russia can be successfully threatened and bullied into submission. The very situation we are in today tells us that it cannot be.
That may explain curious recent comments in agreement with warmongering trolls/CIA talking pointers. It seems the ghost of the bad USSR is hard to shake for some. It’s basic. We shoot, you die. It’s not fair if you duck or shoot back. We win, you lose. That’s exactly how we end up in a nuclear Armageddon. Wait for the incoming spewing of technicalities to make sure everyone misses the point altogether. Before they do, the point is: some seem to think the US can win a nuclear war with Russia and can’t wait to see it happen sooner than later.
Stop the planet, I want to get off…. Nuclear this and nuclear that… Is everyone just bored?…
Yes, unfortunately, it is not only neocons who are making the life miserable for everyone. The broad masses of the ordinary Americans, including Antiwar activists, are not much better. America got very deep in the shit. Let’s hope, at least 40% of Americans are adequate. Otherwise, the situation is really sad.
The Russian regime just made the threat. A back-channel communication outlining consequences if that threat is followed through on isn’t “bullying.”
Attacking satellites would be a huge mistake.
Which ever side starts losing will pull out the nuclear weapons.
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