Washington has a limited nuclear war approach, while Moscow does not accept the use of this type of weapons, Ryabkov said. The US accuses Russia of “rhetorical play” on this issue, but this is fake, he claims
The use of nuclear weapons by the United States because of the crisis in Ukraine will become an irreversible event, Russia rejects the concept of a limited nuclear strike, said Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on the Rossiya 1 television channel.
“I hope that, after all, the remnants of common sense will allow these politicians, these applicants for the role of world conductors, to refrain from making such decisions,” — emphasized the diplomat.
Ryabkov expressed confidence that the United States and “their military planners” the ideology of limited nuclear war is characteristic. Western countries, according to the Deputy Foreign Minister, “are trying to accuse us of allegedly playing some kind of rhetorical game.” on the use of nuclear weapons.
“This is completely untrue. These are useless arguments, but we are accustomed to the fact that the West has nothing left but distortion and fakes,— he claims (quote from Kommersant).
Earlier, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev warned that the shipment of weapons to Ukraine and NATO exercises near the Russian borders increase the risk of a direct clash between Russia and the alliance, and such a situation would threaten a “full-fledged nuclear war.” Commenting on his words, the Kremlin pointed to Moscow's readiness to give “the most decisive answer”; on attempts to intervene in a special operation in Ukraine. At the same time, the presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov assured that any outcome of the special operation would not be a reason for the use of nuclear weapons.
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The Pentagon emphasized that they would not discuss the possibility of using nuclear weapons because of the situation in Ukraine. US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin explained: “Such rhetoric is dangerous and not useful. Nobody wants a nuclear war that nobody can win. Saber-rattling and dangerous talk obviously do no good. A similar position was taken in the White House, press secretary Jen Psaki said that the goal of the United States is to reduce the degree of rhetoric on the issue of the likely use of nuclear weapons.
American Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan said that the rhetoric about the use of nuclear weapons by Moscow has escalated a lot lately. He called Lavrov's words about the risk of nuclear war “nuclear blackmail”.
At the end of April, Reuters, citing a source in the Pentagon, reported that Washington was monitoring the state of Russia's nuclear potential, “as far as possible”, no signs of a threat to US or NATO territory.
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