Russia has notified the United States of “routine” nuclear exercises, amid international fears that it may use nuclear weapons in its war against Ukraine, the State Department said Tuesday.
In doing so, Russia has honored its commitments under defense agreements that require notifying the United States of any intercontinental ballistic missile or ballistic missile testing from a submarine, he said. the same source specified.
“This is an annual routine exercise by the Russians,” department spokesman Ned Price told the press, stressing that “these notifications avoid being surprised and reduce the risk of misinterpretation”.
In rare exchanges, the defense ministers of the two countries have spoken twice in the past week, he said.
US President Joe Biden warned on Tuesday that Russia's use of a nuclear weapon would be an “enormously serious mistake”, as Moscow claims Ukraine is preparing a “dirty bomb”, a claim denied by Kyiv and Western countries.
< p>Moscow raised the charges for the first time on Sunday in telephone conversations between Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and his American, French, British and Turkish counterparts, referring to “possible provocations by Ukraine with use of a 'dirty bomb'”.
The US diplomacy spokesman reiterated on Tuesday that the United States does not have information showing that Russia is preparing to use a nuclear weapon .
But, he noted, “it concerns us, because Russia has accustomed to accusing others of what she is preparing herself”.
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