- Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned that the specter of nuclear battle over the Ukraine struggle is “serious.”
- He mentioned NATO’s supplying of heavy weapons to Ukraine means it’s “in essence” in a proxy struggle with Russia.
- However, the Ukrainian Foreign Minister mentioned Lavrov’s warning is to “scare the world off supporting Ukraine.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned the West on Monday to not underestimate the “serious” and “real” dangers of a 3rd world struggle by getting concerned within the struggle in Ukraine.
During a state tv broadcast, Lavrov was requested in regards to the significance of avoiding World War III and if US-Russia tensions may very well be in comparison with the 1962 Cuban missile disaster, in keeping with Reuters.
“I would not want to elevate those risks artificially. Many would like that. The danger is serious, real. And we must not underestimate it,” Lavrov replied, the outlet reported.
However, he additionally portrayed Russia as a nation striving to scale back any danger of nuclear struggle, per Reuters.
In distinction, Lavrov mentioned the North Atlantic Treaty Organization had “in essence engaged in war” with Russia by supplying heavy weapons to Ukraine, The BBC reported.
Responding to Lavrov’s feedback, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted they had been a bluff to “scare the world off supporting Ukraine.”
“Thus the talk of a ‘real’ danger of WWIII. This only means Moscow senses defeat in Ukraine,” wrote Kuleba.
Lavrov has beforehand issued veiled warnings about nuclear struggle in gentle of the invasion of Ukraine.
In early March, two weeks after President Vladimir Putin positioned Russia’s nuclear forces on excessive alert, Lavrov mentioned that if World War III had been to happen, it will contain nuclear weapons.
He later downplayed the opportunity of the struggle in Ukraine escalating to nuclear struggle however accused the US and NATO of frequently citing the subject.
While the US and UK are actually sending superior weapons and artillery to Ukraine, there seems to have been no official change in Russia’s nuclear posture since February.
Lavrov has been described as a propaganda mouthpiece for Putin. He claimed in March that Russia “did not attack Ukraine” and justified a Russian strike on a maternity hospital in Mariupol by saying that the power had been taken over by a Ukrainian neo-Nazi militia battalion.