Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov rejected theories that the ongoing conflict in Ukraine could trigger a nuclear war.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday he does not believe the conflict in Ukraine will turn into a nuclear war, but cautioned the United States and Europe that Moscow never wants to depend on the West again.
Russia’s economy is facing its most severe crisis since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, when the West imposed heavy sanctions on almost the entire Russian financial and corporate system following Moscow’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine.
Asked by a Kremlin correspondent for Russia’s Kommersant newspaper whether he thought a nuclear war could start, Lavrov told reporters in Turkey, “I don’t want to believe it, and I don’t believe it. “
Lavrov, President Vladimir Putin’s foreign minister since 2004, said that the nuclear topic had only been put up for discussion by the West, who he said continued to return to nuclear war like Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis.
“Of course it gives us cause for concern when the West, like Freud, keeps returning and returning to the subject,” Lavrov said after talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmitro Kuleba in Antalya, Turkey.
Lavrov said that talk of a possible Russian attack against the former Soviet Baltic states – Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, now all members of the European Union and NATO – “appear to be old hoaxes”.
Russia and the United States have the largest arsenals of nuclear weapons since the Cold War, which divided the world in the 20th century, pitting the West against the Soviet Union and its allies.
On February 27, Putin ordered Russia’s nuclear forces to be on high alert, citing Western sanctions and aggressive remarks by key members of the NATO military alliance. Russian officials later cited British comments about a possible confrontation between NATO and Russia.
Putin says a “special military operation” in Ukraine is necessary to ensure Russian security as the United States has extended NATO membership to Russia’s borders and backs pro-Western leaders in Kyiv.
Ukraine says it is fighting for its existence and that of the United States, and its European and Asian allies have condemned the Russian invasion. China has called for peace.
Now that the West has imposed severe sanctions on Russia, Lavrov said that Russia is turning away from the West and will face economic consequences.
“We will emerge from this crisis with a revived psychology and conscience: we will have no illusions that the West can be a reliable partner,” Lavrov said. “We will do everything we can to make sure that we are never again dependent on the West in areas of our lives that have important meaning to our people.”
When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, many in Russia and in the West hoped that the Cold War divisions were over.
When asked about energy sanctions imposed by the United States, Lavrov said that Russia would not try to persuade any buyer to buy its energy.
In an apparent reference to China, the world’s second-largest economy, Lavrov said Russia has markets for its oil and gas.
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