Putin admits ‘no winner’ in nuclear war as UN warns of risks of ‘misunderstanding’
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that a nuclear war ‘should never’ be started – as the UN chief warned that the strongman’s war in Ukraine is ‘a misunderstanding, a miscalculation far “to put the world in danger of nuclear annihilation.
Putin’s comments came in a letter to attendees of a UN conference to reaffirm the nuclear non-proliferation treaty that began on Monday.
“We start from the fact that there can be no winner in a nuclear war and that it should never be started, and we defend equal and indivisible security for all members of the world community,” the leader said. Russian.
These remarks were a stark departure from the Kremlin’s constant reminders of its nuclear capability in the last five months of the war in Ukraine.
When Putin invaded Ukraine in February, he warned that interference by Western nations would lead to “consequences you’ve never seen” – widely interpreted as a nuclear threat.
Days after the invasion, Putin put his nuclear forces on heightened alert, citing “aggressive statements” from his Western adversaries.
A month later, Kremlin flack Dmitry Peskov doubled down, defending Russia’s policy of using nuclear weapons if it felt its existence was threatened.
In April, Russia carried out a previously planned test for a next-generation intercontinental ballistic missile – and state media began taunting the West with a threat to bomb New York.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Monday’s meeting comes “at a time when proliferation risks are rising and safeguards to prevent escalation are weakening.
“And when crises – with nuclear undertones – escalate from the Middle East and the Korean Peninsula to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine,” he added.
He said that as a result of these conflicts, “humanity is but a misunderstanding, a miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation”.
“Future generations are counting on your commitment to come out of the abyss,” António Guterres told the assembled politicians and diplomats. “Now is the time for us to take this fundamental test and lift the cloud of nuclear annihilation once and for all.”
One hundred and ninety-one nations are parties to the non-proliferation treaty. Under the terms of the deal, the US, UK, China, Russia and France – the original five nuclear powers – would have to negotiate the elimination of their nuclear arsenals.
The nuclear powers India, Pakistan and North Korea are not signatories to the treaty. Neither is Israel, which is widely believed to have a nuclear arsenal it does not publicly acknowledge.
With post wires