America’s “nuclear football” briefcase was carried out of Downing Street today after US President Joe Biden paid Britain’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak a visit.
The black leather briefcase followed closely behind the president and sent a clear message to Vladimir Putin, The Sun reports
The “nuclear football” refers to the briefcase which accompanies the president while he’s away from the White House to deploy nuclear weapons if necessary.
Biden met with Sunak today in No. 10 ahead of NATO’s summit in Lithuania, which will consider granting membership to Ukraine, .
The summit has been made more precarious given Russia’s continued threats to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine.
Biden offered a sobering comment on the potential of nuclear escalation in the Ukraine war on Thursday.
He said: “I don’t think there’s any such thing as the ability to easily use a tactical nuclear weapon and not end up with Armageddon.”
Yet as he flounders in Ukraine, Putin has boasted about having “more nuclear missiles than NATO countries”, and told the west to “go to hell” in response to pleas to not send weapons to Belarus.
In October, Biden warned: “Putin’s not joking when he talks about potential use of tactical nuclear weapons or biological or chemical weapons because his military is, you might say, significantly under performing.”
Mad Vlad has continued to claim his nuclear arsenal is only a “precautionary measure” against Ukraine.
Biden continued: “This is the first time since the Cuban missile crisis that we have the threat of a nuclear weapon if in fact things continue down the path they are going.”
Russia has already moved nuclear missiles to Belarus, with puppet President Alexander Lukashenko saying he won’t hesitate to use them.
The deployment of weapons in Belarus marks the first time Russia has moved weapons outside of their borders since the fall of the Soviet Union.
Russian opposition leader and Putin enemy Grigory Yavlinsky made it clear that Vladimir Putin’s threats of nuclear Armageddon between the East and West are “serious”.
Yavlinsky, a former Soviet-era powerbroker and founder of Russia’s last liberal party, told The Sun Online: “Taking into account the size of the threat of nuclear war – this is all so serious.”
Putin is emerging from the instability of an attempted coup, and the danger of a weakened Vlad “must be taken into account”.
The “threat” isn’t just for Ukraine, he warned, but a nuclear apocalypse “between the East and West”.
And the fear of nuclear catastrophe isn’t limited just to weapons – fears of a meltdown at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant have been increasing.
Only days ago, the world was put on alert for a nuclear disaster after Putin allegedly “placed bombs” on the Zaporizhzhia power plant – which could trigger a disaster ten times more devastating than Chernobyl.
And as fears of a blast escalate, Ukraine has been holding chilling nuclear disaster drills at and around the vast complex.
Military chiefs in the war-torn country say “explosive devices” were placed on the roof of the plant’s third and fourth reactors on Tuesday.
Meanwhile intelligence reports suggest Russian soldiers who have occupied it since the early days of the war were ordered to leave.
Nuclear experts have said that a major blast at the plant would affect a billion people across 40 countries. The exclusion zone of 30,000 km² would be the same as ten Chernobyl zones and it would be impossible to live or run an economy in the area for the next 100,000 years with two million people needing to be resettled.
This article was originally published by The Sun and reproduced with permission.