The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, warned on Monday of the “real risk” that the conflict in Ukraine could be the trigger for a Third World War. “The danger is serious, it is real. It cannot be underestimated”, Lavrov stated during an intervention on Russian television collected by the Interfax news agency.
Lavrov has compared the current situation with that of what is known as the Missile Crisis of 1962, but the head of Russian diplomacy has recalled that “at that time there were rules, written rules.”
“The rules of conduct were very clear. It was clear in Moscow how Washington was behaving and Washington was clear how Moscow was behaving, (but) now there are few rules left”, she has argued.
So, in 1962, “there was a channel of communication that the leaders trusted.” “Now there is no such channel and no one is trying to create it. There are timid attempts that have been made in the first phase, but they have not worked”, he revealed.
Thus, he mentioned the START treaty, “but at the same time other control and non-proliferation instruments have been practically destroyed.”
He reproaches the US for sending weapons
Lavrov has reproached the United States for “sending many weapons to Ukraine despite our warnings” and for “stirring up its Russophobic essence”.
Asked why Moscow was doing to prevent this Third World War, Lavrov argued that “Russia has already done a lot in many ways for years.”
“During the (Donald) Trump Administration, we advocated at the highest level for Moscow and Washington to reaffirm (Mikhail) Gorbachev and (Ronald) Reagan’s 1987 declaration that there can be no winners in a nuclear war and that it should never happen. We ask the Trump team to take up this very important statement, important for our peoples, but also for the whole world,” Lavrov explained.
“Unfortunately we were not able to convince our colleagues that this initiative was necessary and in June of last year, during the meeting in Geneva, our presidents made that declaration”, he stressed.
Furthermore, Lavrov recalled that the five permanent members of the UN Security Council have made a similar statement. “And that is our principled position,” he remarked.
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