Russian Foreign Minister Says World World 3 Would Involve Nuclear Weapons
MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated on Wednesday that if there is a third world war, it will be destructive and involve nuclear weapons according to a report by Russian state news RIA Novosti.
When Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked for a response to Lavrov's statements, she said "This is a war of choice by President Putin. This is his decision that he has made".
On Thursday, during a virtual press conference, Lavrov stated that the United States is acting like "Napoleon and Hitler" and said that Joe Biden is trying to 'subjugate Europe'.
Lavrov stated (translated) "The West, by all means possible, is trying to avoid reaction to our completely clear, transparent, based on current agreements, proposals with regard to the architecture of security in Europe….Of course, every country is free to choose the union, but no country can strengthen their security at the cost of other countries’ security. And no organization can say they can dominate in the Northern Atlantic space. This is what NATO is actively doing, trying to bolster the security of the west at the expense of Russia’s security".
He then added "[The United States is] trying to force upon us their own understanding how Europe should live henceforth. To be honest, I want to make some comparisons. Back in the days, Napoleon and Hitler had a goal to subjugate Europe. Now Americans did so".
Lavrov's comments were presumably in response to one of Biden's comments during a podcast with Brian Tyler Cohen Saturday where he said, "Look, you have two options: Start a third World War, go to war with Russia physically. Or two, make sure that a country that acts so contrary to international law that ends up paying a price for having done it".
Lavrov stated, "Mind Mr. Biden’s statements when responding to a question whether there has been any alternative to the sanctions…he said that the only alternative is the third World War, and it only can be nuclear war. But please mind, that it is in the minds of the western politicians that they keep returning to the nuclear war. It’s not in our minds. So we will not allow any provocations to move us out of the equilibrium, shake us out of the equilibrium. But you know, if a real war is waged, or unleashed against us, I think those who have those designs and plans ought to think what follows".
"As it is in Hollywood: there is an absolute evil and an absolute good. And an absolute good, of course, is impersonated by a character who is writing the script of this movie. Very sad. I am confident that this hysteria will be over. Our western partners will come to their senses and will come to the dialogue on one condition of respect and taking into account each other’s interests" Lavrov added.