Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that the US and Russia have no intention of using nuclear weapons and that Turkey is urging more dialogue between the two countries, Hurriyet Daily News reported.
Erdogan’s comments came after CIA Director William Burns and the head of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), Sergei Naryshkin, held talks in the Turkish capital Ankara. It marked the highest level face-to-face meeting between US and Russian officials since Russia invaded Ukraine.
“Let me tell you this much: According to the information I got from my Intelligence chief, neither Russia nor America has the intention to resort to using nuclear weapons. We want them to come together more often. God forbid, [the use of nuclear weapons] will trigger a new world war,” Erdogan told reporters after returning from the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia.
Back in September, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that Russia would use all the weapons at its disposal to protect its “territorial integrity,” and other Russian officials confirmed that his warning included nuclear weapons. Russian officials have since downplayed the comments, but they were significant because they came as Russia was annexing the territory it captured in Ukraine.
Putin said recently that he has no plans to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine, a position the Kremlin reaffirmed on Thursday. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was asked if Russia was discussing the use of nuclear weapons and said, “If you have noticed, no one from the Russian side is discussing this topic and has not discussed it.”
7 thoughts on “Erdogan: US, Russia Have No Intention of Using Nuclear Weapons”
I admire Erdogan’s position and comments but I would feel much more comforted if this was being seriously asserted by both the US and Russia…
Yes, Sultan Erdogan got an outstanding skill in sitting on two hot chairs and not getting his butt burnt.
Well, unlike US, RF does not have a first strike policy and neither RF or PRC is supplying weapons and training to Canadian “ultra-nationalists”.
What do you say about a proposal to rid the earth of all nuclear weapons because all them profess “not gonna use them” anyway.
Life is all about good intentions. Ask any American Neocon.
This article was truly heartfelt, but so was my yummy chicken noodle I just finished eating.
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