Russia tells US to ‘calm down’ over Putin’s nuclear warnings

Russia’s deputy foreign minister said on Monday that the US should “cool down” after Washington warned Moscow about Ukraine’s nuclear weapons, state agency RIA Novosti report.

Sergey Ryabkov said, referring to the war in Ukraine, “I have repeatedly told our partners in the United States, using the most neutral language, to do as they say, to calm down.” Told.

Ryabkov told state broadcaster Channel One that Washington should not escalate the conflict to “get closer to the dangerous line.”

President Vladimir Putin threatened to use nuclear weapons in a speech Wednesday, in which he announced the mobilization of reserve forces following Ukraine’s achievements on the ground.

Secretary of State Antony Brinken confirmed reports in an interview broadcast Sunday that the US had sent a personal warning to Russia to avoid nuclear war.

Brinken told the CBS news program 60 Minutes, held in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, that “we are asking Russia, both publicly and privately, to stop the broad discussion of nuclear weapons. have been very clear.

“It is very important for Moscow to hear from us and know from us that the consequences will be horrific, and we have made it very clear,” said Blinken.

“The use of nuclear weapons would, of course, have devastating effects not only on the countries that use them, but on many other nations as well.”

President Joe Biden’s National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said in a separate interview on Sunday that the US warned Russia “at a very high level” of the “catastrophic consequences” of using nuclear weapons. said.

AFP contributed to the report. Russia tells US to ‘calm down’ over Putin’s nuclear warnings

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