The day before, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the danger of nuclear war “serious and real.” Earlier, he noted that the West “throws” the nuclear theme into the discourse
There can be no winners in a nuclear war, so the number of statements about the possibility of such a war must be reduced, a representative said at a briefing White House Jen Psaki.
“Our national security staff has made it clear that nuclear war cannot be won. Our goal, obviously, is still to call for a reduction in rhetoric about this, — she said.
Earlier on April 26, Pentagon Chief Lloyd Austin said that the rhetoric about a possible nuclear war was “dangerous and not useful.” According to him, Washington “will not participate in this,” the United States, Ukraine and the international community will do everything possible so that the situation does not get out of control. Austin emphasized that the United States, when making any decisions, takes into account the need to maintain the “right balance”; and choose the “right approach”.
On the eve of April 25, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the risks of nuclear war “very, very significant,” and its danger— “serious” and «real». “She's not to be underestimated,” — the minister warned and noted that Moscow “would not like these risks to be artificially inflated, and there are many who want such.”
However, back in early March, Lavrov said that he did not believe in the possible start of a nuclear war. “I draw your attention to the fact that in the context of the events that have unfolded in Ukraine in recent years and have escalated literally in recent months and weeks, the nuclear topic has been thrown into this discourse exclusively by Western representatives, primarily NATO members,” — noted the diplomat.
Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia Dmitry Medvedev pointed out at the end of March that a nuclear war— “This is a threat to the existence of human civilization in general.” But at the same time, he listed the grounds under which Moscow could use nuclear weapons.
First— missile attack on the territory of Russia using nuclear weapons. Second— any other use of nuclear weapons against a country or its allies. Third— an attack on critical infrastructure that would paralyze Russia's nuclear deterrent. Fourth— an act of aggression against Russia or its allies, when the existence of the country was threatened.
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