US national security adviser, Jake Sullivan warned President Vladimir Putin of “catastrophic consequences” if Russia launches a nuclear attack on Ukraine and said that America will “respond decisively” to such an action. While speaking on NBS’s “Meet the Press” show, Sullivan said, “Let me say it plainly: If Russia crosses this line, there will be catastrophic consequences for Russia,” The Hill reported.
“The United States will respond decisively,” he continued. “Now, in private channels, we have spelt out in greater detail exactly what that would mean, but we want to be able to have the credibility of speaking directly to senior leadership in Russia and laying out for them what the consequences would be without getting into a rhetorical tit for tat publicly,” he added.
During the interview, Sullivan said the United States is working with the International Atomic Energy Agency, which sent representatives to the plant, and Ukrainian energy regulators to avoid a meltdown catastrophe.
“It is actually still being operated by the Ukrainian operators who are essentially at gunpoint from the Russian occupying forces, and the Russians have been consistently implying that there may be some kind of accident at this plant,” Sullivan said as quoted by The Hill.