Ukraine: China and Germany reject any use of nuclear weapons

Ukraine: China and Germany reject any use of nuclear weapons

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Germany and China have agreed to reject any idea of ​​a nuclear strike in the context of the war in Ukraine, the German Chancellor said on Friday after a visit to Beijing , while Russia has repeatedly mentioned this threat. 

“The war in Ukraine is creating a dangerous situation for the whole world (…) and in China too here we know that an escalation would have consequences for everyone,” Olaf Scholz told reporters.

“That is why it was very important for me to emphasize, to make it clear that an escalation” of war “in the form of the use of a tactical nuclear weapon is excluded and I am very glad that on this subject at least an agreement has been found”.

The German chancellor made a one-day visit to Beijing on Friday, where he met with President Xi and the head of the Chinese government, among others.

China, officially neutral in the Ukrainian conflict, is often considered too conciliatory with Moscow by Westerners.

The United States said this week that it was “increasingly concerned” about the possibility of a potential nuclear strike by Russia in the context of of the war in Ukraine.

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On Tuesday, the former Russian president and current number 2 of the Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, once again mentioned nuclear weapons.&nbsp ;

The Ukrainian will to take back all the occupied territories, including Crimea or the Donbass, “threatens the existence of our State” and offers “a direct reason” to use “the means of nuclear deterrence he said.

Faced with stubborn Ukrainian resistance, fueled by Western military aid, Vladimir Putin himself alluded to the atomic bomb in a televised speech on September 21.

Russia, in return, accused Ukraine of preparing to use “dirty bombs” against its troops.