Putin may use 'tactical nuclear weapons' says Rupert Jones
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The UK should mobilise to protect against the threat of nuclear war, a new poll of Express.co.uk readers has found. Last week, Vladimir Putin threatened to employ nuclear weapons to defend his territory, marking the biggest escalation since the invasion of Ukraine began six months ago.
Live on state television, the Russian president said: “I want to remind you that our country also has various means of destruction.
“If the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we will certainly use all the means at our disposal to protect Russia and our people. This is not a bluff.”
In the address, he also accused western countries of plotting against Russia, claiming: “The aggressive anti-Russian policy of the West has crossed all lines.
“Those who blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the wind can turn in the other direction.”
In response, Express.co.uk ran a poll from 4pm on Thursday, September 22, to 9am on Thursday, September 29, asking readers: “Should the UK mobilise to protect against the threat of nuclear war?”
In total, 2,189 people cast their votes with the majority, 65 percent (1,430 people) answering “yes”, the UK should mobilise to protect against nuclear war.
A further 32 percent (695 people) said “no”, while three percent (64 people) said they did not know either way.
Hundreds of comments were left below the accompanying article as readers shared their thoughts on nuclear war.
Many readers were in favour of the UK preparing resources for nuclear war, with one reader username Leytonman writing: “We are being openly threatened with nuclear weapons. It’s only right to get prepared to retaliate.”
Username Atra said: “There will be defence systems already mobilised and in place.”
Another, username BobPage said: “I’d hope that our professional armed forces are always prepared to do what they can to stop a nuclear strike on us.”
Username uncivilservant wrote: “The only effective protection against nukes is having your own.”
And username JacksonFive said: “We should increase our nuclear weapons.”
Prime Minister Liz Truss has previously declared her willingness to use nuclear weapons against Russia even if this resulted in “global annihilation”.
Earlier this week Defence Secretary Ben Wallace revealed that military spending will double by 2030 as a result of Prime Minister Ms Truss’ pledge to increase defence spending to three percent of GDP.
However, some readers argued that any mobilisation could escalate threats, with username TOM the ONE commenting: “No, Putin would see it as a threat.”
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Likewise, username alfanumericnumbers said: “No, if we look like we are getting ready for War then Putin could use that as an excuse to esculate.”
Russian politician and ally of Putin, Evgeny Popov, told the BBC: “We are not going to attack Western countries first. We are not going to do some nuclear massacre in the world.
“It’s not our policy. It’s not our practice. We are peaceful people in Russia, but we can respond if you would attack us.”
Other readers commented that mobilisation was not the right move, with username BozoTheClown writing: “No. We should press for a peaceful solution.”
And username adastral wrote: “As a fully participating member we will no doubt act in accordance with NATO guidance.”
Meanwhile, username Shelaghh said: “If they press the button and we press the button, its bye bye world. No amount of mobilising is going to change that.”
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at the UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine on Thursday, September 22 that talk of nuclear conflict was “totally unacceptable”.
Russia reportedly has 6,257 nuclear warheads in comparison to the UK’s 225.
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