West uses talk of nuclear war to blame Russia – Lavrov

Nuclear war is constantly revolving in the minds of Western politicians, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with Russian and foreign media, TASS reports.

West uses talk of nuclear war to blame Russia - Lavrov

“Everyone understands that the third world can only be nuclear. But I draw your attention to the fact that it is in the head of Western politicians that a nuclear war is constantly spinning, and not in the head of Russians. Therefore, I assure you that we will not allow this provocation to make us lose balance, but if a real war is unleashed against us, then those who hatch such plans, and, in my opinion, they are hatched, should probably think about it”, the minister noted.

According to Lavrov, Western officials are using talk of nuclear war to blame Russia for this as well. The Foreign Minister recalled that French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called on Russian President Vladimir Putin “to remember that Paris also has nuclear weapons.” In addition, British Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss announced her readiness for a “war between the North Atlantic Alliance and Russia. 

“These are the same conversations that you are trying to use in order to accuse us of this […] I emphasize once again that we do not raise the topic of nuclear war, the topic of the third world war in these discussions. She, apparently, is needed to keep the public in the West in such constant tension, in order to continue Russophobia to the point that any Russian is now being subjected to aggression”, Lavrov emphasized.

The minister added that the conditions for the use of nuclear weapons are spelled out in Russia’s military doctrine and there is “no escalation for the sake of de-escalation, which Western analysts are talking about.” I ask you to look very carefully at the statements that were made and at the characters who make these statements, the Russian Foreign Minister concluded.