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CIA Director: We can't 'take lightly' threat of Russia using nuclear weapons

William Burns
Posted at 6:50 PM, Apr 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-15 21:50:54-04

(ATLANTA, Georgia, U.S.A.) — CIA Director William Burns said no one “can take lightly” the threat that Russia could use tactical or low-yield nuclear weapons but he has seen no “practical evidence” suggesting it is imminent.

Speaking to an audience on Thursday at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Burns said that “potential desperation” from Russian leaders to portray a victory in Ukraine increases the risk of the use of nuclear weapons.

“None of us can take lightly the threat posed by a potential resort to tactical nuclear weapons or low yield nuclear weapons,” Burns said. “We don’t.”