Ukraine: U.S. warns Putin of 'catastrophic consequences'

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Jake Sullivan, the U.S. National Security Adviser, said the U.S. would respond decisively to any Russian use of nuclear weapons against Ukraine.

Sullivan said the United States has already spelt out to Moscow the “catastrophic consequences” it would face.

His remarks represented the latest American warning following the thinly veiled nuclear threat made by Vladimir Putin last Wednesday in a speech in which the Russian president also announced his country’s first wartime military mobilization since World War Two.

Sullivan told NBC’s Meet the Press programme that “if Russia crosses this line, there will be catastrophic consequences for Russia. The United States will respond decisively.

Sullivan did not describe the nature of the planned U.S. response in his comments on Sunday but said the United States has “spelt out in greater detail exactly what that would mean.”

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According to him, the United States has been in frequent, direct contact with Russia, including during the last few days to discuss the situation in Ukraine and Putin’s actions and threats.

Sullivan added that “Putin remains intent on wiping out the Ukraine people that he does not believe have a right to exist.

“So he’s going to keep coming and we have to keep coming with weapons, ammunition, intelligence, and all the support we can provide.”


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