Soltenberg: Putin's nuclear threats should be taken seriously
NATO Secretary Jens Soltenberg has warned Putin of serious consequences if he were to use nuclear weapons, adding that threats should be taken seriously.
"Russia should know that nuclear war cannot be won and should never be fought. I'm not saying that the possibility of using nuclear weapons is high, but I'm saying that when we see this kind of nuclear rhetoric from Russia, from President Putin over and over again, we have to take it seriously and therefore we're conveying the clear message that there will be serious consequences for Russia and that a nuclear war should never take place," Soltenberg said.
The reaction followed Tuesday's statements about the use of short-range nuclear weapons by former Russian president and prime minister Dmitry Medvedev, who, as a close ally of Putin, holds the post of vice president of the Security Council. National in Russia.