The president of the United States, Joe Biden, said that he does not believe that his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, will use tactical nuclear weapons in the war in Ukraine as he has threatened, although he assured that if that happens, the US has a prepared response.
In a televised interview on CNN, Biden has also indicated that Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine was an error in judgment, although he assured that his Russian counterpart is “a rational actor.” “I think he is a rational actor who made a significant error in judgment,” the US president said.
Biden has described Putin as rational, but has explained that it was expected that the Ukrainians would receive him with open arms and that this was a great error of judgment that has led to a conflict of the dimensions that are being seen these days .
Although the Democratic president does not believe that Russia will use nuclear weapons in Ukraine, he has assured that threatening to use them as Putin has done is irresponsible and could result in “catastrophic” mistakes. Even so, he has avoided answering the question of what would be the US response in the event of a nuclear escalation of the conflict.
Last week, Biden said the world is closer to Armageddon than it has been since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis at the height of the Cold War.