“If our territorial integrity is threatened, we will do everything in our power to protect Russia and our people.” Russian President Vladimir Putin used again nuclear threat card Against the West on Wednesday.he did it for unpublished televised speech in which he declares Mobilize 300,000 reservists and approved to celebrate four Russia annexation referendum in Ukraine Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporozhye. “this is not a lantern”, he assured after conveying the escalation of the war in Ukraine, which was interpreted as signs of weakness and despair.
In the face of these warnings – albeit less explicit – that Putin has been making since February Ukrainian authorities World leaders have been asked to make it clear to the Kremlin that any attempted nuclear attack will have catastrophic consequences.
The President of Ukraine himself, Vladimir Zelenskyin his previous speech on Wednesday called on the rest of the world to punish Moscow United Nations General Assembly, this week the world’s leading heads of state and government gathered in New York. “A crime was committed against Ukraine, we ask just punishmentZelensky said in a video conference remarks.
“Other nuclear states must say very firm As long as Russia considers a nuclear strike on foreign territory, in this case Ukrainian territory, a retaliatory nuclear strike will be swiftly carried out to destroy Russian nuclear launch sites,” he said. Mihailo PodoljakZelensky’s senior adviser reported in an interview guardian.
Likewise, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said the threats must be taken seriously. “You can’t have someone walking around with a grenade without a safety pin threatening everyone because they can. The West must give Russia an ultimatum And tell him what his answer is,” Vereshchuk explained to the British newspaper.
NATO Secretary-General Norwegian Jens Stoltenberg was among the first Respond to Ukraine’s request. Not only does he describe “Dangerous and irresponsibleThe Russian president’s nuclear rhetoric, but warned of “unprecedented consequences for Russia” if it deploys its nuclear arsenal in Ukraine.
Although he did not elaborate on the group’s response in the event of a nuclear attack, the head of the Atlantic Alliance explained in an interview with the agency Reuters That”NATO increases military presence in order to remove any room for misunderstanding or miscalculation on the part of Moscow. ”
“The worst situation”
One of the countries that is particularly concerned about what is happening on their borders is Poland, borders the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad to the north and Ukraine to the east. Now, in the face of a possible escalation of violence in Moscow, the country is bracing for “worst case”, a source in the Polish government has confirmed to ELESPAÑOL.
Warsaw announced in early September that it would increase its defense budget from 2.1% to 3% of GDP Faced with the danger of a direct confrontation with Moscow next year, it has now expanded protections against a possible nuclear catastrophe.
The interior ministry announced in a statement Wednesday that it will deliver potassium iodide tablets to its national fire service. Still, authorities called for calm.
“method must be very calm And always, no matter what the Russian president says in his speech,” Polish President Andrzej Duda said in New York on Tuesday, just hours before Putin’s televised address to citizens announcing the partial mobilization, as I see it. material.
Likewise, the Polish leader recalled that if the Russian president dared to use nuclear weapons against Ukraine, “it would be a categorical violation of global rules and ensure the complete marginalization of Russia.”
The three Baltic states that border Russia have reacted cautiously to the announcement of partial Russian mobilization.
One of the first countries to respond was Lithuania, which has activated the “highest alert” level. Lithuanian Rapid Reaction Force“Since the Russian military mobilization will also be in the Kaliningrad region, which is in our vicinity, Lithuania cannot stand idly by,” Defense Minister Arvidas Anusaskas explained on Wednesday.
Lithuania has activated the ‘high alert’ level of the country’s rapid reaction force
LatviaFor its part, there has been no increase in the level of military threat to the country, where the country’s armed forces are in a “high readiness,” according to the agency Eph“Putin cannot accept the failure of his occupation plan in Ukraine and on the front lines, so he is willing to escalate the situation with conventional threats and nuclear blackmail,” Defense Secretary Artis Pabriks said.
exist EstoniaUndersecretary of Defense General Waco-Velo Pam assured that the partial mobilization by Russia would not pose a direct military threat to the country.Still, the Baltic states are preparing their own response package, although it has not been specified which one, according to Eph.
In this sense, officials from the three countries coincided with the Russians who were trying to cross the Baltic to avoid conscription they won’t be welcome. That’s it, in the former Soviet republics, the movement of Russian citizens is restricted.
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