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Macron Slams Putin: France Too Ready For Nuclear War

France’s President Emmanuel Macron has declared that his nation was also ‘ready’ to deploy nuclear weapons after Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened about using nukes.

Speaking with French media on Thursday, Macron slammed  Putin for threatening the use of nuclear devices and reminded him France also has an advanced weapons programme.

It comes after the Russian President earlier this week told state TV ‘weapons exist in order to use them’ in reference to the possibility of deploying nukes should Western troops be deployed in Ukraine.    ‘

President Vladimir Putin had warned the West on Wednesday that Russia was technically ready for nuclear war and that if the US sent troops to Ukraine, it would be considered a significant escalation of the conflict.

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“From a military-technical point of view, we are, of course, ready,” Putin, 71, told Rossiya-1 television and news agency RIA in response to a question whether the country was really ready for a nuclear war.

“We must first and foremost feel protected because we are a nuclear power. We are ready; we have a doctrine (for the use of nuclear weapons),” Macron told reporters, saying the Kremlin’s willingness to issue nuclear threats was inappropriate.

“Having nuclear weapons ‘imposes on us the responsibility never to escalate,’ Macron said, in a dig at the constant reminders issued by top Russian officials and media personalities of their nuclear arsenal.

His statements come amid a hardening of Paris’ stance towards Moscow after Macron abandoned his longstanding efforts to maintain a closer bond with Putin.

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