US top diplomat Blinken: Putin’s nuclear rhetoric is ‘height of irresponsibility’

Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, DC, on February 22, 2022. (Carolyn Kaster / POOL / AFP)
Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, DC, on February 22, 2022. (Carolyn Kaster / POOL / AFP)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken calls President Vladimir Putin’s “provocative” nuclear rhetoric “the height of irresponsibility” Wednesday, days after the Russian leader put his strategic deterrence forces on alert after invading Ukraine.

“It’s dangerous. It adds to the risk of miscalculation. It needs to be avoided,” Blinken tells reporters in Washington.

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the nation in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, on February 21, 2022. Putin ordered Russian nuclear deterrent forces put on high alert on Sunday, February 27, amid tensions with the West over his invasion of Ukraine. (Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

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