Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov assessed that the statements of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who on Thursday called on NATO to launch “preemptive strikes” against Russia, confirm the necessity of the “special military operation” launched by Moscow in Ukraine.
“By doing this he essentially presented the world with further evidence of the threats emanating from the Kiev regime,” Lavrov stressed.
“For this reason, a special military operation was launched to neutralize them,” he added.
“We certainly cannot hide the discussions that have been constantly increasing lately about the possible use of nuclear weapons, and (…) we cannot silence the risky actions of the Kiev regime aimed at creating the risk of using various weapons of mass destruction”, noted the Russian minister at a meeting of the United Russia party.
During a debate organized by the Australian Lowy Institute on Thursday, the president of Ukraine argued that the strikes are necessary to rule out the possible use of nuclear weapons by Russia.
He did not specify what kind of blows he was referring to, as reported by Reuters and relayed by the Athens News Agency.
“What should NATO do? To make it impossible for Russia to use nuclear weapons,” Zelensky said in a video posted online.
“What is important, I once again appeal to the international community (…) pre-emptive strikes so that (the Russians) know what will happen to them if they use them (nuclear weapons),” he added.
“Such statements are nothing more than a call for another world war to break out with unpredictable, monstrous consequences,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov immediately reacted.