Russia's Lavrov: military confrontation between nuclear powers must be avoided


Nov 30 (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday it was vital to avoid any kind of military confrontation between nuclear powers, even if it only involved conventional weapons, the TASS news agency reported.

Lavrov also said the West was pushing Ukraine to continue fighting against Russia.

"It is necessary to avoid any military clash between nuclear powers, even with the use of conventional weapons. The escalation may become uncontrollable," TASS quoted Lavrov as saying.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a series of thinly veiled nuclear threats during the course of the war in Ukraine, but several top officials have repeatedly denied Moscow plans to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine and have accused the West of upping the nuclear ante.

Western countries, led by the United States, have provided an unprecedented package of military support to Ukraine to support its fight against Russia. Moscow has previously said this makes NATO a party to the conflict, though both sides have stressed the importance of avoiding a direct confrontation.

Ukraine is not a member of NATO, but is seeking to join the alliance - something which remains a distant prospect. Russia says Ukraine's NATO ambitions and the eastwards expansion of the alliance since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 were one reason behind its move to invade on Feb. 24.

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james mcclain

What about all the tough talk? Your bluff has been called! We are not bluffing! So, you want to involve yourself in the affairs of America? Well guess what, you are now involved! You won't get off that easy, you will be made an example of! For years you have been a bad actor and threw your weight around. Now it's put up, or shut up! We didn't bring up the subject of nuclear weapons, and we will not be swayed by nuclear blackmail. You will be ground down until there is nothing left, I'll bet you didn't see this coming!

David Lites

Russia started this mess, but now want to bow out. They are A weak nation. We should let Ukraine devour them. and shame their Country for what they have done


West is pushing Ukraine to continue fighting Russia? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Get with the program fool. Putin started this war now deal with it. Take your sh.. and get out of Ukraine and Crimea. Putin stole this land by force and now your blaming the West? It's very obvious what needs to be done to end this cruel situation.


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