Putin Shocks France’s Macron With Hiroshima-Style Nuclear Plan
- Putin tells Macron Hiroshima is proof ‘you don’t have to launch nuclear strike on major city to win war’
by Liam James, https://www.yahoo.com/
Vladimir Putin told French president Emmanuel Macron that the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki show “you don’t need to attack major cities in order to end a war,” according to reports.
The threat of a Russian atomic strike – particularly one with tactical nuclear weapons which are designed to cause devastation on the battlefield – has been speculated on at the highest level by Ukraine and Western allies.
Reports in the US media said Washington had intelligence showing that senior Russian officials had recently held conversations to discuss when and how Moscow might use a tactical nuclear weapon in Ukraine. But many in the West doubt the Russian president would risk the global backlash that would follow the crossing of so firm a red line.
This week, former British prime minister Boris Johnson said he did not believe Mr Putin would order use of a tactical nuclear weapon, saying the act would “immediately tender Russia’s resignation from the club of civilised nations”. Russia has been warned by allies against any such strike. Chinese president Xi Jinping on Friday condemned the Kremlin’s nuclear threats.
Moscow denies having plans to draw on its vast nuclear arsenal – despite repeated hints to the contrary by Mr Putin – and has repeatedly made an unevidenced claim that Ukraine intends to use a radioactive “dirty bomb”.
The Mail on Sunday reported a French government source as saying the Russian president referenced Hiroshima in a call with Mr Macron which left the French president “distinctly alarmed”.