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‘Risk’ of Putin using nuclear weapon but no sign of ‘imminent’ use: US official

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There is a risk that President Vladimir Putin could resort to nuclear weapons but no sign of “imminent” use, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said Friday.

“There is a risk, given all the loose talk and nuclear saber rattling by Putin, that he would consider this and we’ve been equally clear about what the consequences would be,” Sullivan told reporters. “We do not presently see indications about the imminent use of nuclear weapons.”

Sullivan underlined that Washington was communicating privately but “directly with Russia about the kind of decisive response the United States would have.”


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