Representatives of the US presidential administration Joe Biden fear that Russia could use chemical weapons in Ukraine if its troops continue to suffer defeat. This is reported Politico citing six sources with knowledge of the matter.
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According to the publication, the US no intelligence about the inevitability of such an attack. But some US officials believe that Russia could use chemical weapons if casualties continue on the battlefield or if the Russian military collapses completely.
“We have always known that they have the means and capabilities to use such weapons. Our assessment remains the same. We continue to closely monitor this conflict, but we have not seen anything that would make us change our position,” the Pentagon official said. .
According to Politico sources, in the event of a chemical attack, the Russian Federation could have a weapon that is easy to hide, or the Novichok poison.
Such assessments are pushing the Biden administration to improve the response system and prepare for a possible chemical attack, the journalists write.
In particular, in the fall, the Pentagon sent teams to the countries of Eastern Europe to familiarize the army with procedures in the event of a chemical or biological attack. The United States also supplied Ukraine with chemical, nuclear and biological defenses.
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