The White House said on Thursday after a senior Russian foreign ministry official said Western commercial satellites could be legitimate targets for Russia if they are involved in a war in Ukraine. He said that the response was also satisfied with the response.
White House spokesman John Kirby added to reporters that the information being released indicates that the Russians are looking to pursue anti-satellite technology.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday showed no regrets over the war in Ukraine, a “special military operation” still achieving its goals, and Western dominance over world affairs coming to an end. claimed.
Putin appeared confident and relaxed as he denounced the West for more than three and a half hours during a question-and-answer session at the annual foreign policy conference in Moscow.
Asked if he had been disappointed in the past year, Putin simply said no, but said he always thinks of the Russians lost in Ukraine.
Putin has accused the West of fomenting war in Ukraine and playing a “dangerous, bloody and dirty” game that has sown chaos around the world.
A 70-year-old former KGB spy said, “The historic period of total Western dominance over world affairs is drawing to a close.” We are at the forefront of history. It’s the most dangerous, unpredictable and crucial decade since the end of World War II.”
In his speech, Putin downplayed the nuclear confrontation with the West, claiming that Russia did not threaten to use nuclear weapons but only responded to nuclear “threats” from Western leaders. He and other Russian officials have repeatedly said in recent weeks that Russia could use nuclear weapons to protect its territorial integrity, and in the West, part of Ukraine that Russia claims to have annexed Many countries have condemned the move as illegal.
He also reiterated Russia’s recent allegations that Ukraine was planning to use so-called “dirty bombs” to spread nuclear material. Putin said Ukrainians carry out such attacks to blame Russia.
Kyiv’s suggestion that Russia’s accusations might mean that Moscow has plans to detonate a “dirty bomb” is itself false, he said.
“We don’t need to do that. There’s no point in doing that,” Putin said.
US President Joe Biden on Thursday expressed skepticism about Putin’s remarks that he would not use nuclear weapons in Ukraine.
“If he has no intentions, why does he keep talking about it? Why is he talking about the ability to use tactical nuclear weapons?” Biden said in an interview with NewsNation.
“The way he’s approached this is very dangerous,” Biden said.
In a previous CNN interview, Kirby said Russia was considering using dirty bombs, possibly setting up an excuse to blame Ukraine. But he said the U.S. has yet to see any indication that this would necessarily be the case.
“They often blame others for what they’re trying to do. That’s why we have to take it seriously,” Kirby said of Putin’s allegations.
“I would also like to inform you that even today there is no indication that Russia is planning or preparing to use dirty bombs.”