Warsaw and Kyiv do not see the threat of nuclear war, but Moscow “does not play with such concepts,” Lavrov said, the West should follow the words of Polish and Ukrainian officials. Previously, he called the risk of a nuclear war significant
Moscow has long pointed out that there can be no winners in a nuclear war, Russia does not play with such concepts, unlike the authorities Ukraine and Poland, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with Al Arabia. The broadcast was conducted on YouTube.
The Minister, commenting on his previous statements about the risk of starting a nuclear war, recalled the words of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who in January expressed regret about Ukraine's refusal of nuclear weapons. The head of the Russian ministry added that Polish Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczynski had expressed his intention to place American nuclear weapons on Polish soil. <…> We never play with such dangerous concepts. That's what I said then. We must all be committed to the statements of the “nuclear five”— there should never be a nuclear war,— Lavrov said.
Western countries, he continued, should “discipline” the authorities of Ukraine and Poland, who, according to him, see no danger in “playing with these words.”
On April 25, Lavrov said during an interview that he considers the risk of a nuclear war to be serious. “The risks are very, very significant, I really don’t want these risks to be artificially inflated, and there are many who want to. The danger is serious, it is real, it cannot be underestimated, — he said then. In early March, however, he said that he did not believe in the possibility of starting a nuclear war, while its discussion, in his words, “was thrown in by Western representatives, primarily NATO.”
The Pentagon then called the words about the possibility of using nuclear weapons dangerous. “Sabre-rattling and dangerous talk obviously do no good. We will not participate in this, & mdash; US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said. US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan called Lavrov's words “nuclear blackmail”. The White House urged to reduce the number of statements on the topic of the start of a nuclear war to reduce the heat.
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The Polish Prime Minister expressed readiness to deploy nuclear weapons in early April. According to him, the appearance of US nuclear missiles in Poland would significantly “strengthen the containment of Moscow.” Kaczynski then stressed that there was no discussion of this issue, the initiative should come from Washington.
The Kremlin then expressed deep concern over the words of the head of the Polish government. “The line is extremely militant, anti-Russian. The proposed actions can only lead to a further increase in tension on the continent,— appreciated the representative of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov.
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