Putin nuclear threat is empty rhetoric, says top Zelensky aide | World
Western countries should ignore Russia’s nuclear threats, President Zelensky’s top adviser said after Moscow warned that supplying more U.S. and European weapons to Ukraine could spark a nuclear conflict.
“Putin is not ready to push the red button,” Mikhail Podolyak, an adviser to the Ukrainian president, told The Times. “Any use of nuclear weapons, even tactical ones, will lead to the inevitable death of most of the Russian political elite. They understand it very well.”
Podolyak said Russia had received a “clear warning” from other nuclear powers that it would face “immediate retaliation” if it launched a nuclear strike on Ukraine or its Western allies. He did not say which countries issued the warning.
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His comments followed Vyacheslav Volodin,