NATO commented after Russian President Vladimir Putin escalated the war in Ukraine with the threat of mobilization and the use of nuclear weapons.
“We have not seen any change in Russia’s nuclear stance, but NATO and allies remain vigilant,” a senior NATO official told Reuters.
He added that, as outlined in NATO’s new strategic concept in June, Russia’s expansion of “new and devastating dual-capable delivery systems while using coercive nuclear signaling” is a challenge to the defense alliance’s security and interests.
Russian leader Putin stated that the West is blackmailing Russia by saying, “We are not bluffing. We have many weapons to respond.”
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said: “If we see this kind of nuclear rhetoric from (Russian President Vladimir) Putin over and over again, we will need to take it seriously. Therefore, we convey the clear message that this will have serious consequences for Russia and that nuclear war should never happen. ” had used the words.