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The French Foreign Minister said that Russian President Vladimir Putin should understand that NATO also has nuclear weapons under threat of deployment of its arsenal.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian spoke to the French TV network TF1Info when asked if PasteThese statements were “equivalent to a threat to Russia’s use of nuclear weapons in the Ukrainian conflict.” Reuters reported.
He said he believed so.
“Yes, I think Vladimir Putin should also understand that the Atlantic Alliance is a nuclear alliance,” he said in a televised address Thursday. “That’s all I’ll say about it.”
Hours earlier, Putin had spoken out of the Kremlin in Moscow, saying Russia would respond by force if other countries tried to intervene in its military operations in Moscow. Ukraine.
“Anyone who tries to hinder us, let alone threaten our country, our people, should know that Russia’s reaction will be immediate. And this will lead you to consequences you have never encountered in your history,” said the President. Russia.
Ukraine came under siege on Thursday when Russia struck several air strikes, forcing many to leave their homes and seek safety elsewhere.
Le Drian said that Ukraine had not asked NATO member states to deploy troops on the ground, but was asking for humanitarian and financial assistance. Ukraine is not a member of NATO, and its leaders have called on the alliance to sever diplomatic relations with Moscow.
The United States has imposed sanctions on Russia, but has not promised to respond with a military presence.
“Suppressing Russia economically and financially in the long run will be stronger than any intervention,” said the Foreign Minister.