A United Nations (UN) envoy has warned the West that the probability of Vladimir Putin “using tactical nuclear weapons is higher” than him using other types of nuclear ballistic missiles.
The Ukraine’s UN warned Putin that the West will act “very rapidly and very harshly” if nuclear weapons are used by Russia in Europe.
Sergiy Kyslytsya, the Ukraine’s Permanent Representative to the UN, sent this warning directly to Russia in his first UK interview.
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Kyslytsya told LBC Radio’s Tonight with Andrew Marr, “President Putin acts by his own choice, he hardly listens to his advisors.
“So it is very difficult indeed to say whether he may or may not order to use tactical nuclear weapons.
“I think the probability of using tactical nuclear weapons is higher than other types of nuclear weapons.
“Some people hope that not everyone around him is crazy as he is and even if he orders to use tactical nuclear weapons, they may be sabotaged by the chain of command.
“It’s very difficult to say.
“But if it happens, the retaliation by the West, I understand, will be very rapid and very harsh.”
This comes after the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Wednesday that the UK will come to the aide of Finland or Sweden should they be attacked by Moscow for joining NATO.
After Johnson signed as security partnership with Sweden he said, that “In the event of a disaster or an attack on either of us, then yes we will come to each others’ assistance – including with military assistance.
“The nature of that assistance will of course depend on the request of the other party.”