The director of the CIA, Bill Burns, said Saturday that the CIA, America’s leading intelligence agency, did not see Russia preparing to use tactical nuclear weapons in the conflict in Ukraine.
“At this point, we see no conclusive evidence that Russia, as an intelligence service, is preparing to deploy or use tactical nuclear weapons,” he told a conference organized by the Financial Times.
“Based on the war reports we have heard from Russian leaders (…), we can not take this possibility lightly,” he added, adding that his company was “very focused” on the issue.
When the invasion of Ukraine began on February 24, Russia placed its defense forces, including its nuclear weapons, on high alert. Vladimir Putin also made subtle indirect threats that he was ready to use these tactical nuclear weapons.
The Russian president has promised a “quick and lightning” response in the event of outside intervention in the conflict.
Russia has a number of tactical nuclear weapons that are less powerful than the Hiroshima bomb, and according to its “rise-and-fall” principle, a low-powered nuclear weapon must first be used to regain advantage during a routine conflict. West.
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