Russia Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has warned that the threat of nuclear war should not be underestimated by the US and its allies, and that any agreement between Russia and Ukraine will depend on what is happening on the ground. Lavrov said on Russian TV, his country wants to avoid nuclear conflict.
Lavrov also warned that the war in Ukraine has a very high chance of escalating into a third world war and Nato was “in essence” engaging in war with Moscow as it has continuously supplied Kyiv with weapons.
The interview with Lavrov was aired hours after Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State and Lloyd Austin, the Defence Secretary met with the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv and promised to supply Ukraine with more military aid. Austin said the US wants to see Moscow “weakened” and had pledged to continue arming the people of Ukraine in the fight against Russia.
Dmytro Kuleba, the foreign minister of Ukraine, said the scare tactics from Russia of nuclear war is a sign of weakness. Russia had lost its ”last hope to scare the world off supporting Ukraine,” Kuleba said on Twitter.
Russia expanded its assault in the Southern and Eastern parts of Ukraine overnight and has made claims that it has killed 500 “enemy personnel” and hit military targets in Kharkiv, these claims cannot be verified. Ukraine has confirmed that fresh attacks on civilians and military sites by Russian forces have begun.
Source: Aljazeera, Economic Times, LA Times, image from Aljazeera of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov