Earlier, William Burns stated that one should not take Moscow’s nuclear threats lightly.

The director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, William Burns, said that Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that redoubling efforts in the military conflict in Ukraine will improve his chances of a successful outcome in the war.

“He’s in such a mood that he doesn’t believe he can afford to lose,” Burns said, speaking at an event organized by the Financial Times in Washington. “I think he is now convinced that doubling the stakes will allow him to make progress.”

In April, speaking at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Burns noted that the threat of Russia using tactical nuclear weapons or low-power nuclear weapons in Ukraine should not be taken lightly, but the CIA does not have practical evidence that Moscow actually plans to take such extreme measures.

According to experts, there are about 2,000 tactical nuclear weapons and low-power nuclear weapons in the Russian arsenal.

In turn, Moscow categorically denies that it is considering the use of any weapons of mass destruction in the Ukrainian conflict. This, in particular, was stated in April by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in an interview with Indian television.