In response to Putin's alleged nuclear threat, Biden says the world faces 'Armageddon'
According to Joe Biden, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s alleged threats to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine are reminiscent of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, during which the world faced "Armageddon."
As Ukraine's forces regain territory in the country's south, Biden invoked the specter of the Cuban missile crisis while speaking to Democratic donors.
A diplomatic "off-ramp" is being worked out with officials from the U.S. and Russia as the invasion unravels, according to Biden.
“We’re trying to figure out what is Putin’s off-ramp … Where does he find a way out? Where does he find himself in a position he does not, not only lose face, but lose significant power in Russia,” Biden said.
“We have not faced the prospect of Armageddon since Kennedy and the Cuban missile crisis,” he added.
“[Putin’s] not joking when he talks about [the] potential use of tactical nuclear weapons or biological or chemical weapons, because his military is, you might say, is significantly under-performing,” Biden said.
7 October 2022