Atlantic Council: FAST THINKING: What to make of Putin’s nuclear threats

2022-09-21 | Expert publications

An escalation born of desperation. That’s the framing Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda offered today, during an Atlantic Council event on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, just hours after Vladimir Putin once again warned the world that he could resort to nuclear weapons to defend what he believes is rightfully Russian territory. With the Kremlin now apparently poised to annex the Ukrainian land it currently occupies—and amid Putin’s announcement that he will call up extra troops to wage his war following battlefield setbacks—the conflict in Ukraine may be entering an even more dangerous phase. Russia’s leaders are making these moves, Nausėda argued, “because they are losing.” We turned to our experts for more insight and intel.


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