Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov said that the next world war conflict could be devastating to the world because it would involve nuclear weapons, and also condemned Western sanctions on what he termed Kremlin’s unprovoked war in Ukraine.
Lavrov, in an interview with lAl-Jazeera News, claimed Russia would face “real danger” should Ukraine acquire nuclear weapons.
“A third World War would be a devastating nuclear war,” Minister Lavrov said.
Lavrov managed one of the rhetorics used by Putin’s invasion, said Russia invaded Ukraine seeking nuclear weapons without providing any evidence.
“Ukraine still has Soviet nuclear technologies and the means of delivery of such weapons,” Lavrov said.
However, on Sunday, Vladimir Putin put the strategic nuclear forces on alert. Putin’s actions raised world tensions even more after his invasion.
The President of Russia said he decided to put his nuclear forces on alert after NATO allies made “aggressive statements” and imposed financial sanctions against Russia and himself.
According to evidence, Russia has the largest nuclear arsenal in the world. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute counted 6,255 Russian warheads.
“We were ready for sanctions but did not expect that they would affect athletes, intellectuals, actors, and journalists, Lavrov said.
Last night during the State of the Union address, President Biden said Putin wanted to attack Ukraine. He described the Kremlin’s actions as a “premeditated” effort, and Vladimir Putin would “pay a price” for “invading” a foreign country.
President Joe Biden also mentioned, “the U.S. Department of Justice is assembling a dedicated task force to go after the crimes of Russian oligarchs.”
“We are joining with our European allies to find and seize your yachts, your luxury apartments, your private jets.”
In the last events of retaliation for the invasion, the United States joined the European Union in banning Russian flights from its airspace.