He warned that there would be “severe consequences” if Putin took such action.
“It’s an irresponsible statement from a nuclear power, but it’s not inconsistent with the way he’s been talking for seven months, and we take it seriously,” John Kirby, the White House National Security Council spokesman, said in an interview with ABC television, broadcasts BTA.
“We are monitoring their strategic position as best we can so that we can change ours if necessary. There is nothing currently to indicate that this is necessary,” he said.
Kirby assured that the US had expected the mobilization of 300,000 reservists announced by the Russian president. “It certainly shows that he is struggling” militarily, the former admiral added. Putin “has problems with desertion, he forces the wounded to return to combat, so obviously, he has a problem with recruiting” the military, commented the spokesman for the National Security Council at the White House.
The Russian president announced in a recorded televised address today a “partial mobilization” of Russians of fighting age, a total of 300,000 reservists, which creates the possibility of a major escalation of the conflict in Ukraine, notes AFP. Putin also said he was ready to use “all means” in Russia’s arsenal against the West. “This is not a bluff,” emphasized the Russian president.