Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared to threaten the use of nuclear weapons during a televised address to the Russian people early on Wednesday morning amid the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
In the pre-recorded address, Putin said he was willing to respond to what he described as the West’s “nuclear blackmail” using his country’s own weapons, strongly implying the possibility of nuclear strikes.
He said that high-ranking representatives of NATO countries had raised the possibility of using “weapons of mass destruction—nuclear weapons—against Russia.”
“If Russia feels its territorial integrity is threatened, we will use all defense methods at our disposal, and this is not a bluff,” the Russian president said.
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