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Following Nuclear Threats, US Sends Private Warning to Putin

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By Augustine Mbam - - 5 Mins Read

Following the nuclear war threats made by Putin, Joe Biden's administration has sent a private warning to Russia. 

It has been reported that the US has been sending private warnings to the government of Russia regarding the consequences of going into a nuclear war. 

According to a report from The Washington Post, this is not the first time the US has sent private messages to Moscow concerning Putin's constant nuclear threat. 

According to some US officials, the messages sent to Moscow are quite vague from what President Biden has said publicly. 

The US Urges Other Nations to Tell Russia to Stop its Nuclear Threats 

In a UN meeting held on 21st September 2022, the US secretary of state said Vladimir Putin's constant nuclear war threat was menacing. 

The high-profile UN meeting was held after Putin called up a portion of its reserves to fight in Ukraine. 

In his statement, Putin said Russia would "use all means available to us" to defend its territory if it is threatened. 

Reacting to Vladimir Putin's recent message, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the message threatened world peace. He urged world leaders to tell Putin to stop his constant nuclear threat if he wanted peace preserved. 

"Every council member should send a clear message that these reckless nuclear threats must stop immediately," he said. 

During the UN council meeting, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov didn't react to U.S. Secretary of State's claims. Instead, he made the usual remarks of Ukraine being a staging ground for anti-Russia countries. 

" What’s particularly cynical is the position of states that are pumping Ukraine full of weapons and training their soldiers," he said. 

While speaking further, Lavrov accused the West of having direct involvement in the war. He stressed that the West threatened Russia's peace by sending arms and training Ukraine soldiers. 

" That policy means the direct involvement of the West in the conflict,” said Lavrov. 

Reacting to Lavrov's statement, Blinken maintained that the Russian foreign minister should tell Vladimir Putin not to put his interests first before world peace. 

" Tell President Putin to stop the horror he started. Tell him to stop putting his interests above the interests of the rest of the world, including his own people," Blinken said. 

The International Criminal Court Investigation Against Russia Continues 

In March 2022, The International Criminal Court opened an investigation against the war crimes alleged by Russian soldiers. 

Prosecutor Karim Khan told the UN meeting gathering that his agents have not yet gathered enough evidence to announce any charges. However, he mentioned that reasonable grounds show that war crimes had been committed. 

"The picture that I’ve seen so far is troubling indeed," Prosecutor Karim Khan said. 

While speaking on The International Criminal Court's investigation of Russia, the Foreign minister of China, Wang Yi, said the investigation should be fair. 

"Investigations into violations of international humanitarian law should be objective and fair, based on fair facts, rather than an assumption of guilt, and without being politicized," he said.