Washington: US President Joe Biden has warned his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin against using chemical or tactical nuclear weapons in the ongoing war with Ukraine, which has now lasted more than six months. “Don’t. Don’t. Don’t. You’ll change the face of war unlike anything since World War II,” Biden said. Biden gave an interview to CBS News anchor Scott Peele at the White House, which aired on Sunday. Biden’s response came soon after Peli asked what the consequences would be if Putin crossed the border.
Biden said: “You’d think I’d tell you if I knew it would actually happen? Of course, I’m not going to tell you. It will be consequential. They’ll be a fairy in the world more than ever before.” And the extent of what they do will determine what the reaction will be.”
Biden and Pele discussed a range of issues beyond the war in Ukraine, including the economy and the upcoming midterm elections. The Biden administration has announced an additional $600 million in military aid to help Ukraine’s military maintain momentum against Russia.
In this Sunday’s 60 Minutes interview, Peli talks to Biden about Ukraine’s recent battlefield success – and the threats it poses. “As Ukraine succeeds on the battlefield, Vladimir Putin is embarrassed to be pushed into a corner,” Pele told Biden.
“And I wonder, Mr. President, what would you tell him if you were considering using chemical or strategic nuclear weapons.”
“Don’t. Don’t. Don’t. You’ll change the face of war unlike anything since World War II,” Biden replied.
Biden also told Pele of his efforts to avert a national railroad strike. On Thursday, the president announced a tentative agreement had been reached between railroads and railroad workers’ unions after 20 hours of negotiations at the US Department of Labor.
This is Biden’s first interview with 60 Minutes since being elected president.