Russia, Lavrov: third world war real danger

World War III is a “real” danger even if the hypothesis of a nuclear conflict is unacceptable. At the end of another day of raids on Ukrainian strategic targets, Russian Foreign Minister Serghei Lavrov, in an interview with the Bolshaya Igra (The Great Game) program on the state television channel Channel One, also raises the tone of the clash at verbal level and accuses NATO of entering into a proxy war with Moscow by supplying arms to Ukraine. A risky decision, warns the head of diplomacy in Moscow, because it will backfire on the West which will see those same weapons spread in the countries they come from (WAR IN UKRAINE, SKY TG24 SPECIAL – REAL TIME UPDATES).

“Goodwill has its limits”

Regarding the use of nuclear warheads, Lavrov recalled that in January the five permanent members of the UN Security Council issued a declaration on the inadmissibility of such a war. “This is our position of principle, – he stressed – we are guided by this, and obviously I would not like to see these risks artificially inflated now, when the risks are quite significant”. An escalation tempered only in part by the announcement that negotiations with Ukraine will continue. Although Lavrov does not give up on throwing an additional dig at him: “Goodwill has its limits. And if it is not reciprocal this will not contribute to the negotiation process”. Then the assurance that “we will continue to carry out negotiations with the delegation of (Ukrainian president) Volodymir Zelensky, and contacts will continue”. The minister, however, accused Zelensky of “pretending” to negotiate, alluding to his past on stage. “He is a good actor” but, he stressed, on careful observation of his words “a thousand contradictions will emerge”. Finally, he did not neglect to throw some water on the fire, declaring his confidence that “everything will certainly end with the signing of an agreement”, the parameters of which, however, “will be defined by the state of the conquests on the ground”. The reference to the Donbass, and perhaps not only to it, is all too evident.