Ukraine War, March 29, 2022 (II): Putin’s press spokesman downplays nuclear threats: Trump asks Putin to release data on Biden and family

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Dispatches

1) Brendan Cole, “Russia Finally Rules Out Using Nuclear Weapons Over Ukraine War,” Newsweek, March 29, 2022 (@04:30 a.m EST);

2) Quint Forgey, “Trump calls on Putin to release dirt on Hunter Biden; It’s the latest example of the former president soliciting foreign governments to intervene to damage his domestic political rivals,” Politico, March 29, 2022 (12:20 PM EDT)

Commentary

Putin’s press spokesman downplays nuclear threats

Vladimir Putin’s press secretary, Dmitri Peskov, has declared that Russia is not even thinking about the idea of using nuclear weapons in the present Ukraine conflict. Earlier, Christina Amanpour had pushed him quite hard on the issue, leading him to cite Russian doctrine that such weapons would not be used unless there were an existential threat to Russia.

The statements illustrate how reporters can generate comments that confuse the situation.

Still, Peskov’s latest statements may be highly significant, as they seem to indicate the Kremlin has had second thoughts about continuing to make nuclear threats as it has in the past.

The Observer suspects there may have been some forceful communications through private channels or other actions on the part of the U.S. and NATO, which contributed to this latest clarification by Peskov.

On the other hand, the Kremlin lies about everything, and Peskov’s statements may simply be part of Putin’s strategic deception.

Either way, Peskov’s comments raise serious questions. Why? With what intent?

Given Putin’s record of strategic deception, one possible intention could be to defuse the issue of nuclear threats publicly, in order to give such threats even more power over Biden if communicated privately, at some critical decision point in the future.

Trump asks Putin to release data on Biden and family

With Putin and Russia bombarding cities and killing thousands of civilians in Ukraine, former President Donald Trump has seized the opportunity to ask Vladimir Putin, once again, to release information he may have on Biden and his son Hunter relating to alleged corrupt business deals.

This statement reveals, once again, the character and qualities of the man who was almost re-elected President of the United States in 2020.

It is frightening to contemplate the fact that Trump still holds enormous sway over the Republican Party.

It is utterly depressing to reflect on the fact that the Biden administration is too afraid of Trump and his followers to indict him for any of the numerous felonies he very clearly appears to have committed.

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"The Trenchant Observer" is edited and published by James Rowles (aka "The Observer"), an author and international lawyer who has taught International Law, Human Rights, and Comparative Law at major U.S. universities, including Harvard, Brandeis, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Kansas. Dr. Rowles is a former staff attorney at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States OAS), in Wasington, D.C., , where he was in charge of Brazil, Haiti, Mexico and the United States, and also worked on complaints from and reports on other countries including Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. As an international development expert, he has worked on Rule of Law, Human Rights, and Judicial Reform in a number of countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and the Russian Federation. In the private sector, Dr. Rowles has worked as an international attorney for a leading national law firm and major global companies, on joint ventures and other matters in a number of countries in Europe (including Russia and the Ukraine), throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and in Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, China and Japan. The Trenchant Observer blog provides an unfiltered international perspective for news and opinion on current events, in their historical context, drawing on a daily review of leading German, French, Spanish and English newspapers as well as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and other American newspapers, and on sources in other countries relevant to issues being analyzed. Dr. Rowles speaks fluent English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish, and also knows other languages. He holds an S.J.D. or Doctor of Juridical Science in International Law from Harvard University, and a Doctor of Law (J.D.) and a Master of the Science of Law (J.S.M.=LL.M.), from Stanford University. As an undergraduate, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree, also from Stanford, where he graduated “With Great Distinction” (summa cum laude) and received the James Birdsall Weter Prize for the best Senior Honors Thesis in History. In addition to having taught as a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, Dr. Rowles has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University's Center for International Affairs (CFIA). His fellowships include a Stanford Postdoctoral Fellowship in Law and Development, the Rómulo Gallegos Fellowship in International Human Rights awarded by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and a Harvard MacArthur Fellowship in International Peace and Security. Beyond his articles in The Trenchant Observer, he is the author of two books and numerous scholarly articles on subjects of international and comparative law. Currently he is working on a manuscript drawing on some the best articles that have appeared in the blog.

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