Moscow has said on Thursday that they will do “everything” to prevent there being a nuclear war in Europe, but as long as Russia’s “vital interests” are not “infringed.”
Russian foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova gave a news conference in Moscow warning the West and NATO not to “doubt” Russia’s “determination” to “put it to the test.”
Zakharova then accused the US of “deliberately” infringing on Russia’s “fundamental interests” which “raises the stakes” threatening that nuclear weapons could be used.
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She then said that Russia has been consistent in condemning NATO expanding on their borders as Finland has become the latest country to join the alliance who share more than an 800 mile border.
Zakharova said during her regular news conference, “We will do everything to prevent the development of events according to the worst scenario, but not at the cost of infringing on our vital interests.
“I do not recommend that anybody doubt our determination and put it to the test in practice.”
Taking aim at Washington she warned, “They [US] continue to deliberately infringe on our fundamental interests, deliberately generate risks and raise the stakes in the confrontation with Russia…”
Earlier this week the Kremlin warned that a “full scale World War III” could “happen at some point” and it is now no longer “hypothetical.”
The deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council insisted he does not want a nuclear war, but this is “mounting daily,” however Western officials say this is all talk as there has been no discernible change in Russia’s position over nuclear weapons.
The close ally of Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday, when he was in his youth, he and his friends discussed the possibility of a nuclear war, he said back then it was “far fetched,” but then warned it is no longer “hypothetical.”
He warned, “I cannot say what the last straw, what the trigger may be, but it may happen at some point.
“We all need to work to ensure that this threat of global confrontation, of a hot, full-scale World War III should not materialise.”
He added that when he was a younger, he and his friends would “talk about confrontation with the United States, about confrontation between the Warsaw Pact and the North Atlantic Alliance.
“Back then it seemed like some kind of hypothetical, far-fetched and impossible scenario. But I can’t say that now, however sad this may sound.”