The Kremlin said on Monday it had “sporadic” contact with the United States over nuclear weapons issues, days after President Vladimir Putin said he was “not bluffing” about his willingness to use such weapons. if Russia feels that its territorial integrity is threatened.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the two sides had maintained a limited open channel of dialogue to allow “emergency message exchange” between the world’s two biggest nuclear powers.
“There are channels of dialogue at the appropriate level, but they are very sporadic in nature. At least they allow the exchange of some emergency messages about each other’s positions,” Peskov told reporters.
Putin said last week that Moscow would be prepared to use nuclear weapons to “protect Russia and our people” as he announced a mobilization campaign that threatens to significantly escalate Ukraine’s seven-month conflict.
The United States warned Moscow on Sunday of “catastrophic consequences” if it uses nuclear weapons in Ukraine.
US national security adviser Jake Sullivan said the US will “respond decisively” if Russia uses these weapons against its neighbor. He did not elaborate publicly, but said Washington spoke privately to Moscow “in more detail exactly what that would mean.”
Peskov declined to comment when asked what the United States told Russia meant “catastrophic consequences”.
Source: CNN Brasil