While President Joe Biden has kept public statements strategically ambiguous about the consequences of Russian use of nuclear weapons, the administration has been sending private messages to Russian leadership for several months.
Those messages have warned of the grave consequences of the use of tactical, battlefield nukes and smaller precision nuclear weapons Russia would deploy to escalate to de-escalate the war effort in Ukraine, sources told The Washington Post.
Keeping U.S. retaliatory actions vague is intended to be a nuclear deterrence to Russia amid its invasion of Ukraine that began Feb. 24.
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