Secretary of State Antony Blinken said during a Tuesday CNN interview that the U.S. has serious concerns that Russian President Vladimir Putin could use chemical weapons in Ukraine.
CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer asked Blinken, “How real is the risk of this spiraling into nuclear war?”
Blinken assured Blitzer that President Joe Biden was doing everything possible to avoid conflict with Russia and said, “Some of Russia’s loose talk about its nuclear weapons is the height of irresponsibility. It goes against everything that we said, including that Russia said over many years and how a nuclear war is not winnable.”
“There is a lot of bad loose talk and bluster,” Blinken continued. “At the same time, I have to tell you — we have real concerns that Russia could use a chemical weapon, another weapon of mass destruction. This is something we are very focused on.”
Blinken said the consequences of Putin doing this in Ukraine or elsewhere would be “severe,” and didn’t get more specific about what would happen.
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