On November 2, the Kremlin released a statement that said Western nations are "encouraging provocations with weapons of mass destruction." The Kremlin recently accused Kyiv of planning to use a radioactive "dirty bomb," which authorities have denied.
Western powers, on the other hand, have also accused Moscow of issuing repeated threats to use nuclear weapons to pressure Kyiv into accepting concessions.
Following the attack on Russia's Black Sea fleet in Crimea, Russia's foreign ministry issued a statement warning the United Kingdom of "unpredictable and dangerous consequences " after accusing London of helping Kyiv orchestrate a drone attack on its ships in the port of Sevastopol.
"Such confrontational actions by the British pose the threat of an escalation and can lead to unpredictable and dangerous consequences," the ministry said.
Russia also accused the U.K. of being involved in the Nord Stream pipeline explosions in September as it is one of the world's five major nuclear powers.
In a statement dated November 2, Russia's foreign ministry said it sees avoiding armed conflict between nuclear powers as a key objective amid simmering tensions over the Ukraine conflict.
"We are strongly convinced that in the current complicated and turbulent situation, caused by irresponsible and imprudent actions aimed at undermining our national security, the most immediate task is to avoid any military clash of nuclear powers," it said.
The Kremlin also noted that it continues to stand by a joint declaration issued in January, in which China, France, Russia and the United States pleaded to do everything in their power to avoid a nuclear war. (Related: Survey finds that more than one-third of Americans are willing to risk nuclear war with Russia over Ukraine.)
The January declaration stated: "We affirm that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought. As nuclear use would have far-reaching consequences, we also affirm that nuclear weapons – for as long as they continue to exist – should serve defensive purposes, deter aggression and prevent war.
On the same day that the Kremlin issued the warning that the five nuclear powers are teetering on the verge of armed conflict, the Pentagon said the United States has not seen any signs that Russia is preparing to use nuclear weapons.
However, Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby denounced Russia's rhetoric around the potential use of nuclear weapons.
"We’ve been clear from the outset that Russia's comments about the potential use of nuclear weapons are deeply concerning and we take them seriously. We continue to monitor this as best we can, and we see no indications that Russia is making preparations for such use," Kirby said.
Meanwhile, President Vladimir Putin has on several occasions hinted at the possibility of a nuclear strike while Kremlin officials repeatedly said Russia's military doctrine permits the use of nuclear weapons if the country's territorial integrity is under threat.
He also said the U.S. created a precedent at the end of World War II when it dropped two atomic bombs on Japan.
Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of the Chechnya region, called for Russia to use a low-yield nuclear weapon in Ukraine.
Moscow has sought to portray its actions in Ukraine as preemptive by accusing the West of seeking to establish Ukraine as a military power against Russia, but NATO and Kyiv have denied such claims.
The foreign ministry also previously reported that senior Russian military leaders have discussed when and how they would use tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine. The officials involved talked about scenarios in which they would use nuclear weapons, showing how frustrated the generals are about setbacks on the battlefield in Ukraine.
They did not talk about using the weapons with Putin, although the conversation has heightened concerns about the prospect of a nuclear Armageddon.
U.S. government officials also learned about the discussions in mid-October as Moscow's nuclear rhetoric intensified just after Putin "joked" about the prospect of a nuclear war.
Back then, he was asked to reassure an audience at the Valdai Discussion Club think-tank that the world is not on the verge of nuclear annihilation – to which he chose to respond with a long pause.
Host Fyodor Lukyanov pointed out his silence was "alarming," but Putin, with a smirk, responded: "I did that on purpose so you would be on your guard. The effect has been achieved."
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