Saturday, April 13, 2024

Threat of nuclear war real, says Russia’s FM Lavrov

Sergei Lavrov

Russian President Vladimir Putin has excoriated the ongoing US-led western crusade to ‘cancel’ Russia as “sanctions aggression.” 

As his ‘Special Military Operation’ in Ukraine continued for the 61st day on Monday, Putin opined that businesses needed to be safeguarded from unreasonable and unnecessary control. 

Led by the Biden administration and the European Union, western countries have not only imposed embargoes on Russian businesses but also slapped hitting sanctions on Russian officials and oligarchs. Several major consumer brands have also pulled out of the country.

Speaking at a meeting of the Board of Prosecutor General’s Office, he said, “Russian business has acted very respectably.” He continued, “Even though not all small and medium-sized companies had fully gotten over the consequences of the pandemic yet, they immediately came up against barriers associated with the sanctions aggression against Russia. In fact, there is no other name for it but sanctions aggression.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday stated that the risk of nuclear war ‘is real and cannot be underestimated,” however, he insisted that Moscow is trying to drive down the potential threat. He also blamed the West for the current fears, adding that it stems from “lack of trust” on Russia. According to RIA Novosti, Lavrov also claimed that the western nations were encouraging Ukraine to continue the fight. 

Russian troops on Monday have taken control of the Kherson City Council, weeks after occupying the region, said two members of the city government. “Armed men entered the building of the Kherson City Council, took the keys and replaced our guards with their own,”  Kherson Mayor Igor Kolykhaev wrote on his Facebook page. Kherson regional deputy, Yuri Sobolevsky, also described the incident on his Facebook page calling it an”unfortunate but quite expected seizure.”

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