Like many European countries, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg today, Wednesday, condemned the speech of Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which he confirmed that he was ready to use “all means” in his arsenal against the West, including weapons of mass destruction. , given that it indicates that “the war is not going according to his plans.”
“This is dangerous and reckless nuclear rhetoric,” Stoltenberg said today on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.
But he pointed out that these threats are not new, saying that “Putin has already done this many times.”
He believed that the withdrawal of additional thousands of Russian troops to fight in Ukraine would escalate the conflict, calling Putin’s statements about the use of nuclear weapons “dangerous and reckless.”
He also added: “The first mobilization by Russia since the Second World War is not a surprise, but it will intensify the conflict,” Reuters reported. He believed that Putin’s moves made it clear that “the war was not going according to his plans” and that it was clear that he had made a “big miscalculation”.
Notably, today Putin, in a recorded speech broadcast on state television, announced a partial mobilization of the army to fill up the fighting fronts in Ukraine, stressing that he is not joking about his desire to use all means, including weapons of mass destruction, to defend his country. and maintaining its security and territory in the face of what he called Western nuclear blackmail.
He also stressed that Moscow has more modern weapons than the NATO countries.
This decision by the master of the Kremlin came against the backdrop of the retreat of Russian troops over the past few days in northeastern Ukraine, especially in the Kharkiv region, after a counterattack launched by Ukrainian troops about two weeks ago to rebuild cities that had been under Russian control for months. where they have made significant progress.