Just one day after Ukrainian president Volodimir Zelensky urged NATO to conduct a “preemptive strike” against Russia, Joe Biden warned that nuclear “Armageddon” is back on the table for the first time since the Cold War while speaking to donors at Democratic fundraiser aimed at helping the beleaguered party hold the Senate.
In remarks made before the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Biden said there is a “direct threat” of nuclear war between U.S.-led NATO and Russia for the first time since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis “if, in fact, things continue down the path they are going.”
“We have not faced the prospect of Armageddon since Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis,” he said, offering his bluntest comments about the use of nuclear weapons since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.
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The president’s apocalyptic warnings come on the heels dramatic remarks made by Zelensky, who urged that NATO must use preemptive “strikes” against Russia to prevent their use of nuclear weapons.
Speaking to Australia’s Lowy Institute via a live video link on Thursday morning, Zelensky called on the international community to “show strength” against Russia, and to put an end to “the aggressor’s ability to escalate,” Valiant News reported.
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“What should NATO do? Eliminate the possibility of Russia using nuclear weapons. But what is important, I once again appeal to the international community, as I did before February 24: we need pre-emptive strikes, so that they’ll know what will happen to them if they use nukes, and not the other way around,” the Ukrainian president urged.
“Don’t wait for Russia’s nuclear strikes, and then say, ‘oh, since you did this, take that from us!’ Reconsider the way you apply pressure.” Zelensky demanded, “This is what NATO should do: reconsider the order in which it applies pressure [on Russia].”
Online commentators and conservative political figures reacted with shock, arguing that what Zelensky has said was tantamount to a call to ignite a Third World War, or bullying “globalist Americans” into kicking off a “nuclear holocaust.”