US clarifies if it’ll use chemical weapons — Analysis
White House says it has “no intention” of using chemical weapons, following a statement from Joe Biden that the US would respond to their use “in kind”
Jake Sullivan, National Security Adviser to the United States said that no plans are made for chemical weapons use in America. This comment follows President Joe Biden’s Thursday statement that Russian deployments of chemical weapons in Ukraine could trigger “a response in kind.”
Biden’s statement led to speculation that the US would intervene militarily in Ukraine if Russia used chemical weapons, whether by conventional means or by using chemical weapons of its own. Biden added, although he has so far denied any American involvement in Ukraine. “the nature of the response would depend on the nature of the use.”
Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One, Sullivan said on Friday that Biden’s use of the phrase “response in kind”This was in reference to proportionality. “there will be a severe price if Russia uses chemical weapons.”
Biden and Boris Johnson the UK Prime Minister, as well NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned Russia against using these weapons. But, they have not specified how.
Washington and its allies accuse Moscow of being in preparation to use chemical arms against Ukraine. But Russia denies the allegations and suggests that Kiev may be making plans. “false flag”NATO intervention is being used as a pretext to attack Russia.
Russia released documents showing that US funds were used to fund biological weapons research in Ukrainian laboratories. American officials have described Moscow’s claims as “disinformation,” although they have confirmed the labs’ existence, and the US government has admitted to working with Ukraine to “consolidate and secure pathogens and toxins of security concern.”
Russia sent troops into Ukraine in late February, following a seven-year standoff over Kiev’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements and end the conflict with the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Lugansk. Russia eventually recognized the two independent nations and requested military assistance.
Russia insists that Ukraine declare itself neutral and refuses to join NATO’s military bloc. Kiev claims that the Russian invasion was unprovoked. It also denies any plans to seize the Donbass republics with force.
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