Biden says Putin is weighing use of chemical weapons in Ukraine

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WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – Russian accusations that Kyiv has organic and chemical weapons are false and illustrate that Russian President Vladimir Putin is contemplating utilizing them himself in his warfare towards Ukraine, US President Joe Biden mentioned on Monday (March 21), with out citing proof.

Mr Putin’s “back is against the wall and now he’s talking about new false flags he’s setting up including, asserting that we in America have biological as well as chemical weapons in Europe, simply not true,” Mr Biden mentioned at a Business Roundtable occasion.

“They are also suggesting that Ukraine has biological and chemical weapons in Ukraine. That’s a clear sign he’s considering using both of those.”

The Russian embassy in Washington didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

The remarks echoed prior feedback by officers in Washington and allied nations, who’ve accused Russia of spreading an unproven declare that Ukraine had a organic weapons programme as a potential prelude to probably launching its personal organic or chemical assaults.

Russia’s defence ministry has accused Kyiv, with out offering proof, of planning a chemical assault towards its personal individuals in order to accuse Moscow of utilizing chemical weapons in the invasion of Ukraine that started on Feb 24.

Earlier this month, US nationwide safety adviser Jake Sullivan spoke with Mr Nikolay Patrushev, secretary of Russia’s Security Council, warning him of penalties for “any possible Russian decision to use chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine.”

The White House didn’t specify what these penalties can be.

Mr Biden additionally mentioned Russia used a hypersonic missile to destroy a weapons depot on Saturday “because it’s the only thing they can get through with absolute certainty.”

An administration official clarified Monday night that Mr Biden was confirming Russia’s use of such a sophisticated missile, however famous that the influence of the assault was unknown.

One senior US defence official had earlier raised questions concerning the legitimacy of the Russian account. 

Russia’s invasion, which it calls a “special military operation” to disarm Ukraine, has largely stalled, failing to seize any main metropolis, however inflicting huge destruction to residential areas.

Ukraine mentioned on Monday it might not obey ultimatums from Russia after Moscow demanded it cease defending besieged Mariupol, the place a whole bunch of hundreds of civilians are struggling via Russian bombardments.

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