West’s political course, which is aimed at the total restraint of Russia, is extremely dangerous and poses risks of direct armed clash between nuclear powers, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with TASS.
According to him, the West is ceaselessly hyping “with irresponsible speculations that Russia is allegedly on the brink of using nuclear weapons against Ukraine.”
“We are speaking about absolutely different matters here – the political course of the West, which is aimed at the total restraint of Russia, is extremely dangerous. It bears downside risks of a direct armed clash of nuclear powers,” Lavrov said.
The Russian foreign minister stressed that Moscow had been stating over and over again that there can be no winners in a nuclear war and “it must be never unleashed.”
At the same time, Lavrov continued, Western politicians keep pushing further with their rhetoric on this issue and it is them to be asked whether such tendency should maintain in 2023.
“We are deeply concerned to state the fact of the propagandistic mayhem rhetoric in the United States and in the West in general regarding the nuclear weapons issue,” the minister stressed.
Lavrov said that by speaking about a possible use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine, Western officials refer to “some unverified quotes coming from the Russian political administration. However, there were really no such statements made.”