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Are Vladimir Putin’s nuclear threats a bluff? In a word – probably

By Matthew Sussex, Fellow, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University
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Russian President Vladimir Putin habitually rattles his nuclear sabres when things start looking grim for Moscow, and has done so long before his ill-advised invasion of Ukraine.

In February 2008, he promised to target Ukraine with nuclear weapons if the United States stationed missile defences there. In August the same year, he threatened a nuclear war if Poland hosted the same system. In 2014, Foreign…The Conversation


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