Russia says nuclear war ‘unacceptable,’ but danger is real

Nuclear war is unacceptable, but there is currently a very real danger of it, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview Read Full Article at RT.com

Russia says nuclear war ‘unacceptable,’ but danger is real
25 Apr, 2022 22:48 HomeRussia & FSU

Russia says nuclear war ‘unacceptable,’ but danger is real

Moscow believes there are no winners in a nuclear war, but the danger of it is real, says FM Sergey Lavrov

Russia’s starting position is that atomic war should be unacceptable and Moscow successfully persuaded the US and other nuclear powers to agree on that back in January, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview on Monday. However, he added that the situation has since deteriorated to the point where there is a real and serious threat of such a conflict. 

interview with the ‘Great Game,’ a political show on Russia’s Channel One.

“quickly” agreed with Moscow, and the statement was made at the summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, in June 2021. China, France and the UK – the remaining three nuclear powers that are also permanent members of the UN Security Council – agreed as well, and made a joint statement in January 2021.

“This is our principled position. We start from it,” Lavrov said. However, the risks of nuclear war are now “very significant. I don't want them artificially inflated. There are many who would wish for it. The danger is serious, real. It cannot be underestimated.”

“good and wise” the Biden administration’s first foreign policy move, which was to agree with Russia that the New Start treaty should be unconditionally extended for 5 years. On the other hand, it is the last arms control agreement left standing, after Washington pulled out of the ABM, INF and Open Skies treaties.

“forced to defend the Russians in Ukraine” that had been “bombed for eight years without any reaction from the West,” Lavrov noted.

“written” rules, but the implicit rules of conduct were clear for both Washington and Moscow to follow.

“In those years, there was a channel of communication that both leaders trusted. Now there is no such channel. Nobody is trying to create it. Separate timid attempts made at an early stage did not give much result,” Lavrov said.

“rules are a buzzword the US and its allies use when they are required to behave ‘nicely.’”

They no longer insist on international law, but on respect for the ‘rules-based world order,’ in which the ‘rules’ are never explained in any way.

Right now, everyone is “casting spells” saying that a Third World War should not be allowed to break out, Lavrov added, while adding fuel to the fire by sending weapons to Ukraine and hoping to prolong the conflict in order to bleed out Russia.