Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s top diplomat, has said that the West in engaged in a proxy war with Russia and that could easily escalate into another world war with the use of nuclear weapons, as Western nations like the United States and Britain continue to support Ukraine by increasing their support of Ukraine.
“The risk is serious, real. It should not be underestimated,” Lavrov said in a Russian state-television interview. “Under no circumstances should a third world war be allowed to happen,” he said, adding that “there can be no winners in a nuclear war.”
Lavrov said that there is a real threat of this war becoming much bigger, if Western nations provide arms for Ukraine.
“NATO is, in essence, going to war with Russia through a proxy and arming that proxy.” Lavrov said.
The Foreign Minister for Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba dismissed Lavrov’s comments and said they were a way to frighten off open support for Ukraine.
“This only means Moscow senses defeat in Ukraine,” he wrote on Twitter. “Therefore, the world must double down on supporting Ukraine so that we prevail and safeguard European and global security.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin has already threatened to use nuclear weapons, to help try to prevent the U.S and NATO from getting involved.
Western nations have been providing fresh supplies of weapons and ammunition to Ukraine, while Russia’s first attempt to overthrow the Ukrainian government was unsuccessful, the focus for Moscow is seizing territory. The Russians did, however, discover U.S funded bioweapons laboratories when they first invaded Ukraine.
Germany is refurbishing tanks to give to Ukraine, even after the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said only a week ago that Germany was treading carefully to avoid a nuclear war.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, said Ukraine has received more than $5 billion of equipment to defend against Russian forces, including two U.S. packages of military aid worth $800 million each. Mr. Austin also said that the U.S is aiming to see a depleted Russian military and degraded capabilities.
“We want to see Russia weakened to the degree that it can’t do the kinds of things that it has done in invading Ukraine,” Mr. Austin said.
Defense ministers from the West are meeting to discuss what NATO considers nonstandard ammunition and weapons systems – including Britain’s Mr. Austin, Ukraine defense minister Oleksii Reznikov and NATO Secretary=General Jens Stoltenberg.
Russia has removed some of its forces from around cities in the north of Ukraine and will instead focus on the Donbas region.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres is meeting with Mr. Lavrov and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow and will then meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Mr. Kuleba – hoping to discuss ways to end the conflict.