Commander of the German Air Force Ingo Gerharz, commenting on the confrontation with Russia, stated the need for NATO to be ready to use nuclear weapons, the Bild newspaper reported. In response, the Senator from Crimea called the general inadequate
The statement by German Air Force Commander Ingo Gerhartz about the need for NATO to be ready to use nuclear weapons is political stupidity and characterizes the leadership of Western countries as inadequate people, Sergei Tsekov, a senator from the Republic of Crimea, a member of the Federation Council committee on international affairs, told RBC.
«What he said — this is political stupidity, — believes Tsekov.
According to the senator, NATO will not be able to arrange a “small nuclear war”, in the event of a strike on Russia, the war will end badly for everyone.
“This characterizes, in principle, the current political elite of the West: absolutely inadequate people who, for the sake of their ambitions, are ready to destroy not only the whole world, but also themselves,” — says the senator.
Those who attempt to use nuclear weapons against Russia will be guaranteed to be destroyed, Andrey Klimov, deputy chairman of the Federation Council committee on international affairs, commented to RBC. He also noted that Germany does not have nuclear weapons and nothing depends on General Gerhartz.
“This is not the first and not the only general or politician who speaks on this topic, the same Ukrainians scared us with some kind of nuclear weapon. But Germany does not have nuclear weapons, they do not command arsenals, missiles, bombs, so this is more of a political irresponsible trick, — explained Klimov.
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Earlier, the commander of the German Air Force, Ingo Gerharz, commenting on the confrontation with Russia, stated the need for NATO to be ready for the use of nuclear weapons, wrote the newspaper Bild.
“For a credible deterrent, we need both weapons and the political will to implement a nuclear deterrent if necessary,” announced Gerhartz.
In recent months, statements about the risk of nuclear war have been heard from the leaders of both Western countries and Russia. At the end of March, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called such risks very significant: “The danger is serious, it is real, it cannot be underestimated.”
Three days after the start of the special operation in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the Strategic Deterrence Forces (SSS) to be placed on a special alert regime. These forces are designed to deter aggression against Russia, including with the use of nuclear weapons. Later, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported on the implementation of this order.
Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov noted that any outcome of the Russian special operation in Ukraine would not be a reason for the use of nuclear weapons. The president himself said in June that Russia does not threaten with nuclear weapons.
The US authorities called the escalation of rhetoric about a possible nuclear conflict dangerous and announced that they had canceled planned tests of the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile in order to reduce tension. The Pentagon noticed that the rhetoric about a possible nuclear war is “dangerous and not useful”, and the White House advocated reducing the number of statements on this topic.
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