The United States and its allies would destroy Russian troops and equipment in Ukraine – and sink the Black Sea fleet – if Russian President Vladimir Putin uses nuclear weapons in the country, the former CIA director and army general warned Sunday. retired four-star David Petraeus, famous for his work in Iraq which led to near-pacification before the sudden and impromptu retreat.
Petraeus said he did not speak to National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan about the likely U.S. response to a nuclear escalation by Russia, which administration officials say has been repeatedly communicated in Moscow, so it is of his conjectures and evaluations, however coming from a qualified technical source.
He told ABC News, reported by the Guardian: “Just to give you a guess, we would respond by leading a NATO effort – collective – that would eliminate any conventional Russian forces we can see and identify on the battlefield in Ukraine and also in Crimea and every ship in the Black Sea ”.
Asked whether Russia's use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine would lead America and NATO to war, Petreaus replied that this would not be a situation that triggers Article 5 of the alliance, which provides for a defense. collective. This is due to the fact that Ukraine is not part of NATO, but "a US and NATO response" would still be needed, Petreaus said. At the same time, Petreaus acknowledged that the likelihood of radiation spreading to NATO countries under the umbrella of Article 5 could be interpreted as an attack on a NATO member.
First of all, we hope that the use of tactical nuclear weapons remains among the most unlikely hypotheses, also because a "tactical nuclear weapon" is not a good little atomic bomb, but a weapon much more powerful than any conventional weapon, even the huge American MOAB bombs, and slightly inferior in destructive capacity to those of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. However, the first response would be not only the destruction of all military assets in the occupied territories, directly or indirectly, providing what Ukraine has still been denied. A bad prospect for everyone.
This is a machine translation of a post published on Scenari Economici at the URL https://scenarieconomici.it/se-la-russia-usasse-armi-nucleari-in-ucraina-la-nato-risponderebbe-con-armi-convenzionali-ma/ on Mon, 03 Oct 2022 18:28:03 +0000.