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Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned Thursday that the “pumping of Ukraine by NATO countries with weapons “carries the risk that the conflict” will turn into a real nuclear war “.
Medvedev, who is now the vice-president of the Russian Security Council, wrote in a post on Telegram that such an escalation would be a “doomsday scenario”.
“The pumping of arms of Ukraine by the NATO countries, the training of its troops in the use of Western equipment, the dispatch of mercenaries and the conduct of exercises by the Alliance countries near our borders they increase the likelihood of a direct and open conflict between NATO and Russia instead of their ‘proxy war’, “he said.
“Such a conflict always risks turning into a real nuclear war,” added Medvedev.
“You just have to think about the possible consequences of your actions,” he also wrote in the post.
The message arrives the Russian Foreign Ministry said about a week later Moscow will not launch nuclear weapons during the war in Ukraine despite the menacing rhetoric of senior officials.
Alexei Zaitsev said on Friday that “we have repeatedly refuted allegations about Russia’s possible use of nuclear weapons during the special military operation in Ukraine,” which now lasted 78 days.
“Russia adheres to the principle that there can be no winners in a nuclear war and it must not be unleashed,” Zaitsev added, according to a translation by Reuters.