Medvedev: NATO involvement in Russian-Ukrainian conflict poses risk of ‘full-fledged nuclear war’

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Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned on Thursday that “the pumping of Ukraine by NATO countries with weapons” runs the risk of the conflict “escalating into a full-fledged nuclear war”.

Medvedev, who is now the deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, wrote in a Telegram post that such an escalation would be a “catastrophic scenario for everyone”.

“The pumping of Ukraine by NATO countries with weapons, the training of its troops in the use of Western equipment, the sending of mercenaries and the conduct of exercises by the countries of the Alliance near our borders increase the likelihood of a direct and open conflict between NATO and Russia instead of their ‘proxy war’,” he said.

Russian Security Council Deputy Chairman and United Russia Party leader Dmitry Medvedev chairs a meeting on safeguarding businesses and jobs in foreign companies via video link at the Gorky State Residence, outside of Moscow, Russia, on March 16.

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“Such a conflict always risks turning into a full-fledged nuclear war,” Medvedev added.

“You just need to think about the possible consequences of your actions,” he also wrote in the post.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the Victory Day military parade marking the 77th anniversary of the end of World War II in Moscow, Russia, Monday May 9.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the Victory Day military parade marking the 77th anniversary of the end of World War II in Moscow, Russia, Monday May 9.
(Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool photo via AP)

The message comes about a week after the Russian Foreign Ministry claimed that Moscow would not drop nuclear weapons during the war in Ukraine despite threatening rhetoric from senior officials.

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Maksym, 3, is pictured with his brother, Dmytro, 16, atop a destroyed Russian tank on the outskirts of kyiv, Ukraine, May 8.

Maksym, 3, is pictured with his brother, Dmytro, 16, atop a destroyed Russian tank on the outskirts of kyiv, Ukraine, May 8.
(AP/Emilio Morenatti)

Alexei Zaitsev said last Friday that “we have repeatedly refuted the insinuations about the possible use of nuclear weapons by Russia during the special military operation in Ukraine”, which now lasts 78 days.

“Russia adheres to the principle that there can be no winner in a nuclear war and that it must not be started,” Zaitsev added, according to a Reuters translation.

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