CIA Chief: We Have To Take Putin’s Nuclear Weapons Threat ‘Seriously’

  • CIA Director William Burns says it is difficult to determine if Russian President Vladimir Putin is bluffing about his threat to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine.
  • He was asked if he saw any signs that Russia intended to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine.
  • Asked if Putin is bluffing, he replied: “It’s tough to say at this point. And, as I said, what we have to do is take it very seriously, watch for signs of actual preparations, and also — and this is the role of policymakers, and I’m no longer a policymaker — but to communicate very directly with the severe consequences that would flow from any use of nuclear weapons,” Burns said.
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