US President Joe Biden stated that the decision of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC+) to cut production despite the opposition of the USA will have consequences for the relations between the USA and Saudi Arabia. Biden also announced that he will not meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Indonesia next month. Asked if Putin would use tactical nuclear weapons, he replied, “I don’t think he will.”
US President Joe Biden made remarkable statements to CNN International’s Jake Tapper about Russia’s war in Ukraine and the risk of nuclear weapons, and OPEC’s decision to cut oil production.
Biden said that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine was “wrong” and that the bombings of civilian targets in Ukraine marked “another turning point” in the war. Pointing to Putin, Biden said, “I think he is a rational leader who miscalculated significantly.” Biden also touched upon the possibility of Putin’s use of nuclear weapons in the war in Ukraine, stressing that threats from Russia could lead to “destructive mistakes” and “undesirable consequences.” Biden emphasized last week that the nuclear risk is at its highest level since the Cuban Missile Crisis When asked if Putin would use tactical nuclear weapons this time, he replied, “I don’t think he will.” Biden said, “I find it irresponsible for a world leader, who holds one of the world’s largest nuclear powers, to say that he can use tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine.” He noted that even Putin’s threats had a destabilizing effect.
“It would be irresponsible for me to talk about what we would do and what we wouldn’t do,” Biden said, avoiding saying what the U.S. reaction would be if Putin carried out his nuclear threats.
Biden said that Putin believed that the Ukrainians would submit to the Russian occupation, adding, “This was an idea that was refuted by the fierce resistance shown in the country. “I think he thought everyone would embrace it and he miscalculated completely,” he said.
“I WILL NOT MEET WITH PUTIN AT G20”
Asked if he would meet with Putin at the G20 summit in Indonesia next month, Biden said: “Putin acted irresponsibly. I think he committed war crimes. That’s why I see no reason to meet with Putin,” he said.
Yesterday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that if an offer is made for a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden, it will be considered.
“THE VISIT TO SAUDI ARABIA WAS NOT ABOUT OIL”
Biden also said that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC+) “production cuts” decision, which is expected to lead to an increase in gas prices, will have consequences for the relations between the US and Saudi Arabia. “Saudi Arabia’s actions with Russia will have consequences when the House of Representatives and Senate return to office (in November after the holidays),” Biden said.
Biden, who came to the agenda of his visit to Saudi Arabia 3 months ago after the OPEC decision, said, “Let’s clarify why I went. “It wasn’t about oil, it was to show that we’re not going to move away from the Middle East,” he said.