Last week, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said his country has started taking delivery of Russian tactical nuclear weapons, some of which he said were three times more powerful than the atomic bombs the US dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

US President Joe Biden describe the Russian nuclear threat as 'real'

US President Joe Biden describe the Russian nuclear threat as 'real' (Image: AP )

US President has said the threat of using tactical is “real” as ’s foreign office called for the dismantling of all nuclear infrastructure in Europe.

Threats from the Kremlin of nuclear retaliation against the West have abounded since their full-scale invasion of Ukraine last February but have hitherto been dismissed as a scare tactic intended to discourage opposition to their expansionist activities.

Mr Biden’s seemingly off-the-cuff remark about the reality of the situation, however, is the first public admission of concern about Russia’s nuclear plans.

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Just days after denouncing Russia’s deployment of nuclear weapons to Belarus, President Biden told a group of donors in California on Monday that the threat of nuclear war was “real”.

He said: “When I was out here about two years ago saying I worried about the Colorado river drying up, everybody looked at me like I was crazy.

“They looked at me like when I said I worry about Putin using tactical nuclear weapons. It’s real.”

Last Saturday, Mr Biden called Putin’s announcement that Russia had deployed its first tactical nuclear weapons to Belarus “absolutely irresponsible”.

The deployment, described by the so-called “Last dictator of Europe”, President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus, as necessary to defend against Western aggression, marked the first time Russia had transferred a portion of its nuclear arsenal to another country since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Putin and Lukashenko have lunch in Sochi a day after agreeing a nuclear deployment programme

Putin and Lukashenko have lunch in Sochi a day after agreeing a nuclear deployment programme (Image: AP )

On Monday, the Russian foreign ministry confirmed they intended to permanently station the weapons in Belarus.

They said the deployment was not bound by any specific timeframe and that Russia would only retrieve the missiles if the US and NATO take several conciliatory measures, including the “withdrawal of all American nuclear weapons to the US territory” and the dismantling of all nuclear infrastructure in Europe.

Labelling the requests as “unreasonable”, the Institute for the Study of War suggested that Russia was issuing these calls, which they know will not be answered, as a way of justifying a continued deployment of their own missiles in Belarus.

The think tank added that they believed the deployment acted as a means of “consolidating de facto control of Belarus” by solidifying the puppet state’s dependence.

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However, contrary to Mr Biden’s warning, the ISW said that, notwithstanding this transfer of weapons to Belarus, it is “extraordinarily unlikely” that Europe or Ukraine will suffer any form of nuclear attack.

Meanwhile, Russia launched a widespread overnight air attack on Ukraine on Tuesday, targeting military and infrastructure facilities in Kyiv and other cities, according to local officials.

Ukraine said it had shot down 32 out of 35 Iranian-made Shahed drones launched from Russia’s Bryansk region and the Azov Sea.

There was no mention of any casualties, however.