US President Biden’s policy throughout has been driven by the need to avoid the risk of the war escalating into a regional conflict or, worse, a direct confrontation between Russia and NATO, the Times said, Report informs.

“The Russian invasion of Ukraine has been a strategic failure but we’re dealing here with a nuclear power and we have to take that into account,” a senior US administration official said.

The statement by President Putin at the weekend that he proposed to deploy tactical air-launched nuclear weapons to Belarus underscored the potential dangers.

However, despite alarming nuclear threats by Moscow, NATO has become bolder.