A previous U.S. presidential adviser warned the world’s largest country might use weapons of mass destruction in the Eastern European conflict.
Fiona Hill predicts Russian President Vladimir Putin could resort to nuclear warfare in his proposed invasion of Ukraine.
“If anybody thinks that Putin would not use something that he has got that is unusual and cruel, think again,” she said, according to Politico. “Every time you think, ‘No, he wouldn’t, would he?’ Well, yes, he would—and he wants us to know that.'”
The former National Security Council senior director for Europe and Russia revealed Moscow has already used weapons-grade nerve agents abroad.
“Novichok killed a British citizen, Dawn Sturgess, because the assassins stored it in a perfume bottle which was discarded into a charity donation box where Sturgess found it and her partner—there was enough nerve agent in that bottle to kill several thousand people,” she said according to the publication.
“It was [also] rubbed all over the doorknob of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, who actually did not die but the nerve agent contaminated the city of Salisbury, and anybody else who came into contact with it got sickened,” she added.
Hill refuses to be “intimidated” or “scared.” Instead, she suggested a significant international response is the best way to ease border tensions.
“Sanctions are not going to be enough, you need to have a major international response, where governments decide on their own accord that they cannot do business with Russia for a period of time until this is resolved,” she said.
“It [also] has to be larger than [the] North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), now I am not saying that that means an international military response that is larger than NATO but the push back has to be international,” she added.
When reporters asked the Joe Biden administration about the possibility of a nuclear war, the president responded with a resounding “no.”