International /

Russia Discusses Possible Use of Nuclear Missiles Amid Tension With NATO

The EU released a statement in support of 'Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity'


Russia believes it is being threatened by NATO and has acknowledged the possibility that it will use nuclear missiles to defend itself.

Speaking with a Russian news outlet, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the country would be forced to take the aggressive step of deploying nuclear missiles if it cannot make progress in its talks with the alliance.

Ryabkov said there were “indirect indications” that NATO was preparing to deploy intermediate-range nuclear forces.

“Lack of progress towards a political and diplomatic solution to this problem will lead to our response being of a military and technical military nature,” he said. “That is, it will be a confrontation. … Right now there aren’t any, we have a unilateral moratorium. We call for NATO and the U.S. to join this moratorium.”

Satellite images of increasing Russian military presence on its border with Ukraine alarmed several European countries. Analysts have estimated that as many as 175,000 troops could be housed at the border by early next year. Russia has denied its intentions to invade Ukraine. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin asked for a guarantee that Ukraine will not be made a NATO member earlier this month.

Intermediate-range nuclear forces (INF) in Europe were banned under a 1987 treaty agreed between Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and U.S. President Ronald Reagan in what was hailed at the time as a major easing of Cold War tensions. Washington quit the pact in 2019 after complaining for years of alleged Russian violations,” per Reuters.

The statement from Ryabkov comes as European Union leaders discussed possible responses to the threat of an invasion from Moscow.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell chaired a meeting focussing on the issue on Dec. 13. He said the EU supports “Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

“Any aggression against Ukraine will come with political consequences and with a high economic cost for Russia,” he said in a statement following the meeting.

The EU is divided on the implications of Russia’s military build-up.

“France and Germany, and other members of the 27-country bloc further from Russia’s borders do not share the same assessment as the U.S., Poland and the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. They acknowledge Russia’s troop movements but do not consider an attack imminent,” per ABC News.

The meeting was the first of two discussions about the issue scheduled for this week. A second meeting, evaluating any necessary actions from the collective, is set for Dec. 16.

*For corrections please email corrections@timcast.com*

3 responses to “Russia Discusses Possible Use of Nuclear Missiles Amid Tension With NATO”

  1. HerrDoktor says:

    @Devilsgun:
    If your comparison was between 1984 versus Fallout 4, you might have a point… But for the love of all that is holy please do not let us become like Fallout 76.

  2. pandusa says:

    AOC- you, Al Gore and COP26 attendees need to go talk to these people immediately. This “nuke” talk may become action. I know all the people that will be killed are secondary for you but think what it will do to your GREEN climate change agenda and the Earth. And while you are there, Putin could use some education on gender pronouns, LBGTQ, CRT and other woke progressive liberal programs. AOC- now is your chance my young super hero…SAVE THE WORLD.
    My point is all these recourses allocated to “climate change” which I see as partially a three-card Monte scheme, is pointless. It is just a matter of time until one of these psychos nukes some country. It will affect the world. The way radiation is in west coast tuna and washing up on their beaches from Fukushima. (I know we used the bomb, but it was a race between us and Nazi Germany and company. If we didn’t do it, we KNEW they would. Japan bombed US. But we also see the ramifications of nuke use to this day.) We should do our part for the environment but destroying our energy independence etc. is pointless; to the point of being ridiculous (if not braindead). But alas, they (China and maybe the U.S.) have almost perfected weapons that will kill us and leave infrastructure intact. But it will come to no profit for them and mess up something else. Always does. There is one reason we will never have a Utopia-HUMANS.

  3. Devilsgun says:

    I’m a lot more concerned about the Western world becoming 1984 than about us all becoming Fallout 76