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Ex-Defense Secretary Gates says Russia unlikely to use nuclear weapons: Live Ukraine updates

Ex-Defense Secretary Gates says Russia unlikely to use nuclear weapons: Live Ukraine updates


Even with the war in Ukraine going much worse than expected for Russia, the chance of Russian President Vladimir Putin deploying a nuclear weapon is “low however not zero,” former U.S. Secretary of Protection and CIA Director Robert Gates stated Sunday.

Talking on CBS’s “Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan,” Gates stated Russia’s use of a tactical weapon would immediate a robust response from the West, together with establishing a no-fly zone over Ukrainian skies. As well as, he stated such a transfer would not “change the army equation on the bottom” as a result of Ukrainian forces are unfold extensively and are fierce of their resistance.

“The opposite factor that I hope any person round Putin is reminding him is that, in that a part of the world, and significantly in japanese Ukraine, the winds are likely to blow from the west,” Gates stated. “When you set off a tactical nuclear weapon in japanese Ukraine, the radiation goes to enter Russia.”

Gates, who served as protection secretary underneath Republican President George W. Bush and Democratic President Barack Obama between 2006-2011, stated the Biden administration ought to have began arming Ukraine for a battle with the Russians months earlier. However he offers President Joe Biden excessive marks for rallying the U.S. allies and assembling a coalition to confront Russia, resisting requires a no-fly zone — which might require deeper intervention — and for refusing to chunk on Putin’s nuclear threats.

Gates identified that sanctions from the West and failures on the battlefield have dealt a serious blow to Russia and its world standing. “Putin will stay a pariah,” Gates stated, including: “He has put Russia actually behind the eight ball economically, militarily, and since now persons are going to take a look at the Russian army and say, ‘You recognize, this was purported to be this unbelievable army. Properly, they offer an excellent parade, however in precise fight, not so scorching.'”

Newest developments:

►Russia pressed its offensive in japanese Ukraine on Sunday as Polish President Andrzej Duda traveled to Kyiv to help Poland’s European Union aspirations, turning into the primary international chief to deal with the Ukrainian parliament because the begin of the conflict.

►German chancellor Olaf Scholz has stated he’ll “work actively” to allow grain exports from Ukraine and to provide fertilizer to Ukraine, Reuters reported. Russia has blocked Black Sea ports which can be very important to exporting Ukrainian wheat and different crops.

Russia has permanently barred nearly 1,000 Americans from entering the country in response to america’ help of Ukraine within the conflict, and the record contains quite a few elected leaders however conspicuously leaves out a distinguished one — former President Donald Trump.

President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of State Antony Blinken,  Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer, Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Home Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy have been among the many 963 banned by Russia, a largely symbolic gesture. 

Latest residing former presidents like Barack Obama and George W. Bush weren’t on the banned record, however Trump’s title stands out as he has ceaselessly been accused of being too cozy with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Two days earlier than the Feb. 24 invasion, Trump referred to Putin’s technique towards Ukraine as “genius” and “savvy.”

— Jordan Mendoza

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