top Vladimir Putin rejects claims Russia intends to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine

Russia had only ever replied with “hints” to provocative statements about nuclear weapon use from the west, Putin added.



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This was being done in order to scare “neutral countries” away from co-operation with Russia, Putin claimed, by depicting it as “scary”. But striking a calmer note than in his past comments, Putin said nuclear tensions would not develop into a crisis as they had during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, when Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev negotiated with US president John F Kennedy.


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