The Biden administration is watching Moscow’s moves with apprehension: if the Donbass territories were annexed, any Ukrainian attack could fall within Russia’s “defense doctrine” which also includes the use of atomic weapons. And the State Department alert is leveling up
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WASHINGTON – The administration Biden follows with apprehension the moves of Vladimir Putin.
In these hours, the Russian leader has given the green light to one referendum series
to allow the forced annexation, totally illegal under international law, of the territories occupied by the army: Kherson, Lugansk, Donetsk and even in the nuclear power plant region of Zaporizhzhia.
The sham consultations should already be held in the next few days.
The Kremlin accelerates in an attempt to discourage the Ukrainian counter-offensive.
Putin himself provided the key: Russia’s “defense doctrine” also provides for the use of nuclear weapons if “the national territory is threatened”.
In this case we are talking about tactical devices, with a range of 1.5-2 kilometers, but with a devastating impact.
Sunday evening, in an interview with 60 minutes of the CBS TV, Biden had warned the Russians: do not use the nukes or our reaction will be very harsh.
Since last April, the Pentagon had warned the White House: we cannot exclude that Putin may have recourse to the extreme resource of nuclear weapons. And for at least four months, as Secretary of State Antony Blinken always revealed in those days, a group of NATO experts “has been studying possible countermeasures”.
The alert, however, is leveling up.
Even before the Donbass, the Americans look to the Crimea.
Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan are in constant contact with Kiev: indeed President Volodymyr Zelensky intends to reconquer the peninsula occupied by the Russians in 2014 and then directly annexed to the Russian Federation? A Ukrainian attack would automatically trigger the conditions for a nuclear bombingprovided by the “Putin doctrine” (read the in-depth study on why it is difficult, but not impossible, for Putin to use nuclear bombs).
Washington is grappling with this dilemma: curb Zelensky
but at the same time yielding to Putin’s blackmail or to give impetus to the Kiev counter-offensive?
The Pentagon, as it has been doing for months, suggests caution.
For now, Biden seems to be listening to his generals.
The US president did not send long-range missiles, over 300 kilometersasked by Zelensky, precisely to avoid a further escalation of the ever closer confrontation with Putin.
Tomorrow, Wednesday 21 September, more signals are expected from the UN General Assembly, which began this morning in New York. Both Zelensky and Biden will speak.
September 20, 2022 (change September 20, 2022 | 18:42)
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US fears about Putin’s moves: the nuclear threat is growing stronger behind the referendums
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