Russia’s foreign minister gave an interview in which he stated in no uncertain terms that a nuclear Third World War is a possibility and that by providing Ukraine with weapons, NATO has already fired the first shot. As horrifying as this sounds, Russian newscasters are laughing on camera while reporting on the potential of nuclear armageddon.
Against Nukes….in principle only.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with Russian news agency Tass on Tuesday that his government objected to using nuclear weapons on principle; however it was possible that the current conflict in Ukraine could develop to the point where the nuclear option would be used.
“This is our principled position, we are guided by this, and of course, I would not want to see these risks artificially inflated now, when the risks are rather significant,” Lavrov said. “The danger is serious; it is real; it should not be underestimated.”
He warned that NATO supplying arms and munitions to Ukraine meant that the West was “in essence [already] engaged in war with Russia” and those weapons “will be a legitimate target.”
“The danger is serious, real. And we must not underestimate it,” Lavrov said. “These weapons will be a legitimate target for Russia’s military actions within the context of the special operation,” Lavrov said. “Storage facilities in western Ukraine have been targeted more than once [by Russian forces]. How can it be otherwise?” he added. “NATO, in essence, is engaged in a war with Russia through a proxy and is arming that proxy. War means war.”
This comes in the wake of the US government approving the sale of $165 million in ammunition and an additional $300 million in financing to buy more supplies. US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin recently met with NATO allies and representatives from more than 40 countries in Germany to ask European nations to increase their military aid to Ukraine. Austin said before his meeting that Ukraine could win the war if it has the “right equipment.” Germany’s defense chief announced Tuesday that the country would start sending Gepard light tanks with anti-aircraft guns to Ukraine.
“Everyone is reciting incantations that in no case can we allow World War III,” Lavrov said in the interview on Russian television. He accused Ukrainian leaders of provoking Russia by asking NATO to become involved in the conflict.
According to a transcript on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website, by providing weapons, NATO forces are “pouring oil on the fire,” he said.
He singled out the US for wrongdoing.
“The United States has practically ceased all contacts simply because we were obliged to defend Russians in Ukraine,” Lavrov claimed. He then predicted what he believed would be the ultimate outcome.
“As in any situation where armed forces are used, of course, everything will end with a treaty,” Lavrov said. “But the parameters of this treaty will be determined by the stage of military actions at which this treaty becomes a reality.”
Lavrov’s statement contradicts the announcement made by President Vladimir Putin after the sinking of the Moskva when he said that there was no possibility of signing an agreement with Ukraine.
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said late on Monday that Lavrov’s warnings of a nuclear conflict “meant Moscow senses defeat.”
Russia loses last hope to scare the world off supporting Ukraine. Thus the talk of a ‘real’ danger of WWIII. This only means Moscow senses defeat in Ukraine. Therefore, the world must double down on supporting Ukraine so that we prevail and safeguard European and global security.
— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) April 25, 2022
Satan II aimed at England
Similarly, Dmitry Rogozin, the former Deputy prime minister of Russia and current head of Russia’s space agency, said on Russian state TV that by next autumn, Sarmat “Satan-II” intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) capable of carrying 10 or more nuclear warheads hitting targets in the US and Europe would be based in silos in the Siberian town of Uzhur, in the Krasnoyarsk region, 1,864 miles east of Moscow. The missile can travel at speeds of up to 16,000mph and deploy multiple warheads at hypersonic speed, making it very difficult to intercept. The Sarmat will also be able to launch the Avangard, Russia’s first hypersonic missile, which can travel at the top of the Earth’s atmosphere at more than ten times the speed of sound.
Rogozin stated that the United Kingdom would be the primary target of the Satn II.
Russian media laughing about nukes in New York
Russian media is invested in global war rhetoric. Last week, several major Russian television networks broadcast the announcement that World War III had already begun. While reporting on Russia-1television about the successful test-firing of the nuclear-capable Sarmat missile, one broadcaster suggested that with a range of 11,000 miles and a speed of Mach 20, the super-heavy intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) would be able to strike New York City without the US being able to offer any countermeasure. The suggestion garnered a round of laughter from the other presenters.
Meanwhile, on Russian state TV: hosts and panelists giggled uncontrollably, while discussing nuclear strikes against the continental territory of the United States. Can you imagine any of our prominent media anchors laughing at the idea of destroying cities? Watch this: pic.twitter.com/uOp7MaBh9K
— Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) April 21, 2022
“Americans don’t have this kind of rockets and never had them,” one of the panelists said during the Russia-1 broadcast.
“What kind of objects can it destroy? What size of territory?” another panel member asked.
When the first panelist responded, he suggested it could be used against “our so-called partners,” referring to the U.S. Others on the panel began to laugh as another said, “Partner is very important.”
“Objects like the city of New York, a good city, but it would be gone,” the first panelist asserted. “Completely gone with one rocket,” he added.