MOSCOW ( Associated Press) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday denied that he intended to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine, but called the conflict there as part of the West’s alleged efforts to secure global dominance. in which he insisted that they are doomed.
Speaking at a conference of foreign policy experts, Putin said it does not make sense for Russia to attack Ukraine with nuclear weapons.
“We don’t see any need for it,” he said. “It makes no sense, neither political nor military.”
Putin noted that the earlier warning of his desire to use “all the means at his disposal to defend Russia” did not amount to a nuclear ploy, but was a reaction to statements about the possible use of nuclear weapons by the West.
He specifically referred to Liz Truss, who mentioned in August that she would be willing to use nuclear weapons if she became British prime minister, a remark that Putin worried the Kremlin.
“What should we think?” Putin said. “We see this as a coordinated currency, an attempt to blackmail us.”
In his long run against the United States and its allies, Putin accused them of trying to dictate their terms to other countries in a “dangerous, bloody and dirty” game of domination.
Putin, who ordered his troops to invade Ukraine on February 24, had previously tried to explain why Washington and its allies were trying to force their will on others through a rules-based world order. The West’s support of Ukraine has been explained as part of the massive effort. He argued that the world has reached a critical point where “the West can no longer dictate its will to humanity, but is still trying to do so, and most nations no longer want to tolerate it.” “
According to the Russian president, Western policies will foster more anarchy, adding that “the wind he sows will reap the storm.”
Putin declared that “humanity now has a choice: accumulate the burden of problems that will inevitably crush us all, or try to find solutions that may not be ideal, but can work and the world.” more stable and safer.” ,
Without presenting evidence, the Russian president reiterated the baseless allegation that Ukraine was planning a false flag attack in which Russia would be blamed for using radioactive dirty bombs.
Ukraine has strongly denied the allegation, with its allies in the West calling it “absolutely false”. Ukraine accuses Russia of creating a smoke screen for its plan to detonate a dirty bomb making baseless allegations.
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told reporters on Thursday that the United States does not see anything yet to indicate that Putin has decided to use a dirty bomb.
Putin said he had personally ordered Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to call his foreign counterparts to inform them of the alleged plan. He argued that Russia is aware of Ukrainian facilities working on the project.
He ridiculed allegations from Ukraine and Western countries that Russia was carrying out attacks on the territory of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, calling them “insurgency”. Since the first days of the conflict, Russian troops have occupied the largest plant in Europe.
Putin also expressed surprise at Washington’s China policy, noting that tensions from US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s recent visit to Taiwan came amid standoffs between the United States and Russia over China and Ukraine.
“Why spoil relations with China at the same time?” Putin questioned. “It seems like it goes against all logic and common sense. It feels like a mess.”
Putin said Russia was not an enemy of the West, but that he would continue to oppose the alleged dictates of the Western neoliberal elite, whom he accused of trying to subjugate Russia.