Russia’s Tactical Nukes Threaten ‘Blackmail’ Not ‘Basic Option’

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Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs believes that the use of tactical nuclear weapons by Russia cannot be ruled out, however, the Kremlin realizes that this will become a “point of no return” for them, it is therefore mainly blackmail, not a “basic option” for other Russian operations.

Rinkevičs said so in a interview with Ukrinform.

“We do not exclude the possibility of Russia using tactical nuclear weapons. (There is also another option: the use of chemical weapons). However, the people in the Kremlin understand that such a precedent would set a point of no return. Therefore, I do not think that the Kremlin is currently considering this as a basic option for its future operations,” Rinkēvičs said.

At the same time, such blackmail is dangerous anyway because the Russian army will continue to suffer defeats, to lose face, “in front of both the international community and its own people”. Another negative indicator is that this topic is regularly discussed on Russian television, so there are fears that Moscow could psychologically prepare its population for such developments.

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Ultimately, Rinkēvičs noted that the world must be prepared for various turns of events. In the West, the question of the response to Russian nuclear threats is now being debated. “But at this stage, I cannot go into details because this issue is still being discussed at a level that is not yet public”, stressed the head of the Latvian MFA.

As previously reported, on Friday Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the “Russia Accession Agreements” of the temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia regions, and also said that now their residents are citizens of the Russian Federation.

Latvia’s foreign ministry said it would not recognize the annexation attempt and condemned Putin’s move, pointing to a clear violation of the UN Charter and other norms of international law. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia reiterated its strong support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.

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