US President Joe Biden on Tuesday warned Russia against using nuclear weapons in its war with Ukraine, saying such an escalation would be a grave mistake.
Asked by reporters if he thought Russia was preparing a dirty bomb attack that would then be blamed on Ukraine, Biden said: “Russia would make an extremely serious mistake of using tactical nuclear weapons.”
This week, Russia said Ukraine could use a dirty bomb on its territory.
Dirty bombs are conventional bombs impregnated with radioactive, biological or chemical materials that are released in an explosion.
The United States and its allies suspect Russia could use a dirty bomb on its own in a “fake flag” attack, possibly to justify Moscow’s use of conventional nuclear weapons when it is on the flanks. later in eastern and southern Ukraine.
On Tuesday, Biden said, “I can’t guarantee that it was a fake flag operation. We don’t know.”
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