Austin calls the threat of nuclear weapons used in Ukraine ‘very dangerous and inappropriate’

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Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin called Russia’s threat of nuclear war this week “very dangerous and unhelpful” during a Tuesday press event in Germany.

“I think it’s very dangerous and inappropriate that it’s very dangerous and useless,” Austin said. “No one wants to see a nuclear war – no one can win it.”

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin attends a press conference following the meeting of the Ukraine Security Consultative Group at Ramstein Air Base in Ramstein, Germany, on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. (AP Photo / Michael Probst)

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin attends a press conference following the meeting of the Ukraine Security Consultative Group at Ramstein Air Base in Ramstein, Germany, on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. (AP Photo / Michael Probst)
(AP Photo / Michael Probst)

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The secretary’s comments were in response to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who on Monday said the threat of a nuclear conflict in the middle of the war in Ukraine “should not be underestimated.”

“The danger is serious,” Lavrov told Russian media. “It’s real. It should not be underestimated.”

Austin said the United States, NATO and Western allies were doing what they could to ensure the situation did not “spin out of control.”

“We are always paying attention to making sure we have the right balance and that we take the right approach,” he told reporters. “There is always a possibility that a number of things could happen. I think it is inappropriate and dangerous to rattle with sabers and speculate on the use of nuclear weapons.”

In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office on Monday, April 25, 2022, from left;  US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken pose for a photo during their meeting on Sunday, April 24, 2022 in Kiev, Ukraine.

In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office on Monday, April 25, 2022, from left; US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken pose for a photo during their meeting on Sunday, April 24, 2022 in Kiev, Ukraine.
(Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

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On Tuesday, military leaders from 40 countries met for a US-led conference to discuss what more can be done to help Kiev as Russia escalates its second offensive in eastern and southern Ukraine.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dymtro Kuleba said Lavrov’s comments were his “last hope of scaring the world from supporting Ukraine”, as Moscow has failed to overpower the country despite more than 60 days of fighting.

“This only means that Moscow senses defeat in Ukraine. Therefore, the world must double in supporting Ukraine so that we win and protect European and global security,” Kuleba said on Twitter.

The United States, NATO and allied nations ignored Russia’s claims that aid to Ukraine could trigger a nuclear war and promised to provide further support to the war-torn nation through increased arms packages on Tuesday.

In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office on Monday, April 25, 2022, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, right, attends his meeting with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday, April 24, 2022 in Kiev, Ukraine.

In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office on Monday, April 25, 2022, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, right, attends his meeting with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday, April 24, 2022 in Kiev, Ukraine.
(Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

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“Nations from around the world stand united in our decision to support Ukraine in its fight against Russia’s imperial aggression,” Austin said in a speech to Ramstein Air Base officials. “Ukraine clearly believes it can win, and so does everyone here.”

The Pentagon is strengthening its rhetoric this week, saying it hopes to see a “weakened” Russia that is unable to carry out similar attacks on foreign nations in the future.

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