‘U.S. Could Destroy Russian Military In Ukraine’
By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
WASHINGTON/KYIV (Worthy News) – As Ukraine prepared for a possible nuclear attack from Russia, the former director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency warned Moscow that such a strike would mean the end of much of Russia’s military.
David Petraeus said the United States and its allies would destroy Russia’s troops and equipment in Ukraine – as well as sink its Black Sea fleet – if the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, uses nuclear weapons in the country.
The retired four-star army general said he had not spoken to national security adviser Jake Sullivan on the likely US response to nuclear escalation from Russia. However, administration officials have said a possible response has been repeatedly communicated to Moscow.
Sullivan told the ABC News network that as “a hypothetical, we would respond by leading a NATO [military alliance] effort that would take out every Russian conventional force that we can see and identify on the battlefield in Ukraine and also in Crimea and every ship in the Black Sea.”
The warning came days after Putin made veiled threats that attacking occupied territories annexed by Russia could spark a nuclear response. Earlier this year, a senior U.S. security official told Worthy News that Russia was preparing to use nuclear and chemical weapons.
Asked if the use of nuclear weapons by Russia in Ukraine would bring America and NATO into the war, Petraeus said that it would not be a situation triggering the alliance’s Article 5, which calls for collective defense.
That is because Ukraine is not part of Nato – nonetheless, a “US and Nato response” would be in order, Petraeus said.
But “The other case is that this is so horrific that there has to be a response – it cannot go unanswered.” Yet, Petraeus added, “You don’t want to, again, get into a nuclear escalation here. But you have to show that this cannot be accepted in any way.”
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