Philip Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, believes that the statements about the right of Russia to deploy nuclear weapons in Crimea, as well as the fact that Danish warships could become targets for Russian nuclear missiles can not be considered responsible, Joinfo.ua reports referring to Voice of America.
Breedlove expressed concern about increasing conflicts in some parts of eastern Ukraine, despite the declared cease-fire.
He recalled that in March, President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow was ready to bring its nuclear forces on alert to ensure the annexation of Crimea. In addition, the Russian ambassador to Denmark said that the Danish warships could become targets for Russian nuclear missiles if Copenhagen joined the NATO missile defense system.
In turn, in March, the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry also said that Moscow had the right to deploy nuclear weapons in Crimea, but did not mention exact plans.
"Such statements from a nuclear state can not be considered responsible," said Breedlove at the meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers in Turkey. "I do not think it contributes to any serious negotiations or serious de-escalation of the war in Ukraine. I believe that all nuclear states should act responsibly, not only in actions but also in words, when it comes to nuclear weapons," he said.
"I believe that all these statements must become some kind of a signal. They are made to make us think twice before taking a decision," said Breedlove.
Earlier, retired Gen. Wesley Clark said that Russian President Vladimir Putin was conducting psychological war, trying to intimidate the United States with nuclear weapons.