How the US plans to counter Russian nukes with its ‘Tiger Team’


Washington/ Moscow | Jagran Press Office: The United States (US) has set up a special strategic team of national security officials to develop contingency plans for how Washington should respond if Russia uses “nuclear, biological or chemical” weapons. ” in connection with the ongoing war in Ukraine.

According to a report from New York Timesthe team – which will be known as the “Tiger Team” – was formed on February 28, four days after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared war on Ukraine.

the New York Times The report says the Tiger Team will also consider responses if Russia enters North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) territories ‘to attack convoys bringing arms and aid to Ukraine’ .

President Joe Biden will discuss those plans with his NATO, G-7 and European Union (EU) allies during his visit to Europe, according to the report.

“The team is also studying responses if Russia seeks to expand the war to neighboring countries, including Moldova and Georgia, and how to prepare European countries for the influx of refugees on a scale not seen in decades,” said the New York Times requested report.

Is the United States sure that Putin will use weapons of mass destruction?

Quoting White House officials, the New York Times report claims Putin is less likely to use weapons of mass destruction. However, the report says officials fear a stalemate could force Putin to do something different.

On Tuesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov threatened to use nuclear weapons because it poses an “existential threat” to Russia. Last month, Putin also ordered Russian nuclear forces to be placed on high alert.

“We have a concept of internal security, and it’s public. You can read all the reasons why nuclear weapons are used,” Peskov said. CNN in an interview. “So if it’s an existential threat to our country, then it can be used in accordance with our concept.”

Interestingly, US President Joe Biden also believes the threats from Russia are “real”. Explaining Biden’s statement, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the assessment was made based on “careful review” of public sources and intelligence since Russia launched its invasion.

“We have seen many credible reports of indiscriminate attacks and attacks deliberately targeting civilians, as well as other atrocities. Russian forces have destroyed apartment buildings, schools, hospitals, critical infrastructure, civilian vehicles, shopping malls and ambulances, leaving thousands of innocent civilians killed or injured,” Blinken was quoted as saying. The Associated Press.

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