The Kremlin has said that they will not use nuclear weapons in Ukraine “at this stage” of the war and the Russian Foreign Minister said for now they will continue to use “conventional weapons,” Interfax news agency quoted Sergie Lavrov.
State owned RIA said, that Lavrov had said, “At this stage, we are considering the option of conventional weapons,” which could be considered as a warning rather than reassuring the world.
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Oliver Carroll who is a correspondent for The Economist, correctly pointed out that in January Lavrov said that “Russia wouldn’t start a war,” but on 24 February Vladimir Putin’s forces invaded.
To date there has been many warnings that Russia could launch a nuclear attack since Putin put his nuclear forces on alert in February.
A former British ambassador to Russia has warned that any use of nuclear weapons being used in Ukraine “cannot be ruled out entirely.”
Sir Tony Brenton told Sky News that the war in Ukraine has now entered a “decisive phase” and warned that Russian troops could success in taking over the Donbas region.
Sir Tony added, “He’s talked a couple of times about going nuclear which would be a very big threshold to cross if he went for it but I wouldn’t rule it out entirely if things go very badly wrong for him.”
Over the weekend the Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky warned the world to brace for a nuclear attack and he strongly advised countries to stock up on anti-radiation treatment and build air raid shelters in the West.
The Ukrainian President told CNN, “Chemical weapons, they should do it, they could do it, for them the life of the people, nothing.
“We should think not to be afraid, not to be afraid but be ready. But that is not a question for Ukraine, not only for Ukraine but for all the world, I think.”
Zelensky warned Ukrainian media that “We shouldn’t wait for the moment when Russia decides to use nuclear weapons.
“We must prepare for that.”
In a televised statement in February Putin warned, “No matter who tries to stand in our way or all the more so create threats for our country and our people, they must know that Russia will respond immediately, and the consequences will be such as you have never seen in your entire history.”