The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, called the statement of Russian President Vladimir Putin in defense of Russia irresponsible.

Putin on Sunday at a meeting with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov ordered the transfer of deterrence forces to a special mode of combat duty. He noted that “senior officials of the leading NATO countries allow aggressive statements against our country.”

“It is absolutely irresponsible to appeal to nuclear weapons now. But I remind you: when the attack began, he already said that anyone who tried to interfere with his actions (he did not use the word “nuclear”, but he made a very clear threat) would face attacks that had not been encountered before. This is a fairly direct way to say about the nuclear threat. And now it is even clearer. This shows what kind of person we are up against. Perhaps this is a rhetorical threat, but it is a huge irresponsibility to bring the level of conflict to such terms,” Borrell said in an interview with Spanish radio station Onda Cero.