Russian nuclear threat is reduced by international pressure


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Berlin. The risk of nuclear weapons being used in the war in Ukraine has decreased thanks to international pressure on Russia. This is what the Chancellor of Germany, Olaf Scholz, says in an interview with the German media Funke.

– One thing has changed for now: Russia has stopped threatening to use nuclear weapons. As a response to the international community that has drawn a line in the sand, he says in the interview.

Asked whether the nuclear threat from Russia has been averted, Scholz says that it has been stopped for now.

The German leader praises his own recent trip to China, saying it has contributed to the development.

– During my visit to Beijing, Chinese President Xi (Jinping, ed.) and I jointly expressed that nuclear weapons should not be used. Shortly afterwards, the G20 countries reaffirmed this position, says Scholz.

In the interview, Scholz is also asked about a statement from the President of France, Emmanuel Macron.

The French president has said that it is necessary to give some security guarantees to Russia when sitting down at the negotiating table.

– The priority right now is that Russia must immediately stop the war and withdraw its forces, Scholz says to that.

– It is true that the question then is when we can achieve security for Europe. Of course we are ready to talk to Russia about arms control in Europe. We offered that before the war, and our position has not changed.

Threats from Russian President Vladimir Putin and the military stalemate have raised fears that Russia will resort to its nuclear arsenal to achieve a military breakthrough.

At a meeting with the Russian Human Rights Council on Wednesday, Putin hinted that Russia will only use nuclear weapons in response to a nuclear attack.

– When we are hit, we shoot back, said the president.

Thursday marks one year since Olaf Scholz became Chancellor of Germany.

/ritzau/AFP


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