NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday that the alliance rejects the “false accusations “by Russia, which accuses Ukraine of preparing to use a” dirty bomb “, stressing that Moscow should not use this” pretext “for escalation.
“NATO allies reject this claim,” Stoltenberg tweeted, noting that he had discussed it with US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and his British counterpart Ben Wallace.
He also said Russia shouldn’t use this as an excuse to escalate the conflict in Ukraine.
Spoke with 🇮🇹 @SecDef & 🇮🇹 @BWallaceMP from #Russia‘S false state it #Ukraine is preparing to use a dirty bomb on own territory. #BORN The allies reject this accusation. Russia does not use as a pretext for escalation. We remain constant in Our support for Ukraine.
– Jens Stoltenberg (@jensstoltenberg) October 24, 2022
This comes after the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed in its daily briefing that Ukraine had “entered the final stage of making that bomb”, warning that if it was detonated, radioactive materials could cover Poland.
He also explained that if the “dirty bomb” explodes, the radioactive materials will spread into the atmosphere up to a radius of 1,500 km.
In turn, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stressed that the Ukrainian threat on the “dirty bomb” is real.
He also felt that “it’s up to the West whether they want to believe it or not,” according to the Russian news agency Sputnik.
On the other hand, the United States, Great Britain and France claimed today in a joint declaration their rejection of these accusations, warning Moscow not to use any pretext to aggravate the conflict.
Since the launch of the Russian military operation on Ukrainian territory on February 24, fears have increased that the conflict will expand and transform in dangerous turns, especially after Russian President Vladimir Putin hinted at the possibility of using the atomic bomb in a televised speech on September 21.
At the time, he said he was ready to use “all means” in his arsenal against the West if a threat to his country’s security and territory was touched, a sign that many Western experts have interpreted as referring to tactical nuclear weapons.
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