Russia’s Medvedev says Moscow’s nuclear threats over Ukraine are no bluff

By Thomson Reuters May 31, 2024 | 3:10 AM

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Senior Russian security official Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday that Russia was not bluffing when it spoke of the possibility of using tactical nuclear weapons against Ukraine and that its conflict with the West could escalate into an all-out war.

In a post on his official Telegram channel, Medvedev said Moscow’s conflict with the West was developing according to the worst case scenario and that “no one can rule out it escalating to the last stage”.

Medvedev was commenting after four U.S. officials told Reuters on Thursday that U.S. President Joe Biden had quietly authorised Kyiv to launch U.S.-supplied weapons at military targets inside Russia that are supporting an offensive against the northeastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.

(Reporting by Reuters; Editing by Andrew Osborn)