War in Ukraine: No sign Russia considering nuclear weapons – GCHQ

There are no current signs that Russia is considering the use of nuclear weapons in the Ukraine war, the head of GCHQ has said.

Like other US and western officials recently, Sir Jeremy Fleming did not suggest there had been any signs of suspicious activity.

Speaking on Radio 4’s Today programme, Sir Jeremy warned that any talk of nuclear weapons was “very dangerous”.

GCHQ would hope to see “indicators” if Russia planned to use them, he said.

“Any talk of nuclear weapons is very dangerous and we need to be very careful of how we are talking about that.

“It’s clear to me that whilst we might not like and in many ways abhor the ways the Russian military machine and President Putin are conducting this war, they are staying within the doctrine that we understand for their use, including for nuclear weapons.”

He added: “I’m sure Putin’s worried about the dangers of escalation. He thinks about those in different terms. But I think it is a sign that he has not reached for these other…

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