(FiveNation.com)- Elon Musk warned of the increased risk of a nuclear war amid the Russia-Ukraine war, according to Newsweek. Musk issued the warning in response to a post by a Twitter user who praised the Tesla CEO’s efforts in urging de-escalation with Russia as fears of nuclear war and World War III continue to surface.
“Nuclear war probability is rising rapidly,” Musk wrote in response to an image which showed the sides of de-escalation and escalation.
Nuclear war probability is rising rapidly
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 9, 2022
In the original tweet, Max Tegmark wrote, “Here’s why I think there’s now a one-in-six chance of an imminent global #NuclearWar, and why I appreciate @elonmusk and others urging de-escalation.”
He then shared a blog article he wrote where he discusses possible scenarios that might lead to nuclear war and responses that NATO and the West can take to prevent that.
“Many people have asked me what I think the odds are of an imminent major US-Russia nuclear war. My current estimate is about the same as losing in Russian roulette: one in six,” Tegmark wrote.
Russia’s offense in Ukraine has weakened, leading Putin to announce another partial mobilization of reservists, 300,000, in the country. Russia reportedly annexed 15% of Ukraine and issued a dire warning to the West, saying that any attack on those territories will be seen as an attack on Russia, adding that the West was the first to set the precedent for nuclear weapons.
Earlier in the war, Russia reportedly seized the city of Kharkiv, with a population of 1.4 million, but Ukraine has since taken most of the district back after launching a counterattack in September. However, the city is still experiencing shelling from Russia aerial strikes.
President Biden recently warned of “Armageddon,” saying that Putin is serious about using nuclear weapons.
“We have not faced the prospect of Armageddon since [President John] Kennedy and the Cuban missile crisis,” Biden said at a fundraising event in New York. “We have a direct threat of the use of nuclear weapons, if in fact things continue down the path they are going.”
Biden has not confirmed that he would retaliate in kind using nuclear weapons, but has made clear that he would respond to threats that target the country’s existence.
John Erath, senior policy director for the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation said that in a scenario where Russia wins the war in Ukraine, other authoritarian countries might use threats of nuclear war in the future, saying that “nuclear threats will be perceived as having worked.”
“The other big danger here is [the] war is resolved, paused, concluded, frozen—whatever word you want to use—on terms that are favorable to Russia or in terms that provide Russia with a reason to claim victory,” Erath said.