In a letter to participants of a conference on the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote there could be no winners in a nuclear war, he added that no such war should ever be started.
“We proceed from the fact that there can be no winners in a nuclear war and it should never be unleashed, and we stand for equal and indivisible security for all members of the world community.”
While Putin had used Russia’s nuclear arsenal to warn the United States and other western countries who may “interfere” with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24th; his letter to NPT shows Russia is not planning on being wreckless with its nuclear arms.
This may all be an attempt to paint Russia in a different light than what seems to have been portrayed with words and actions during the recent history.
Many in the United States including politicians have spoken publicly of the possibility of World War Three. Tensions between the United States and Russia have seemingly not been this tense since the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.
Also on Monday, a Russian Foreign Ministry source questioned the seriousness of the comments by President Joe Biden who has called for talks on a nuclear arms control framework to replace the treaty expiring in 2026 (New START). Maybe Biden is leaving that for the next term or president.
Biden made a statement on replacing the New START treaty.
Biden said, “Today, my administration is ready to expeditiously negotiate a new arms control framework to replace New START when it expires in 2026. But negotiation requires a willing partner operating in good faith.”
“And Russia’s brutal and unprovoked aggression in Ukraine has shattered peace in Europe and constitutes an attack on fundamental tenets of international order.”
“Russia should demonstrate that it is ready to resume work on nuclear arms control with the United States.”
The Russian Foreign Ministery’s response when questioned about Biden’s statement, was, “If it is still serious, with whom exactly do they intend to discuss it?”
It seems nuclear war is the last thing anyone wants, but major powers all clamor to make sure their arsenal is stocked, just in case it comes to that. It has been called mutually assured destruction.
The world watches as the conflict in Ukraine continues with no end in sight. We all hope that an end soon.
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