US President Joe Biden has compared Russia's nuclear threat against Ukraine to the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, which occurred sixty years ago.
This article by Scott Neuman, writing for NPR, makes the following points:
- Although some of Biden's remarks have been labelled alarmist, they emphasize that the stakes between nuclear-armed rivals have not changed since the infamous '13 days' of the crisis.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin has been described as a reckless gambler threatening the world with nuclear weapons.
- During the Cuban crisis, other Russian leaders had far more control over Khrushchev than today's Russian leaders have over Putin.
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