Medvedev: NATO involvement in the Russia-Ukraine conflict carries the risk of a “full-fledged nuclear war”

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Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned Thursday that the “pumping of Ukraine by NATO countries with weapons “carries the risk that the conflict” will turn into a real nuclear war “.

Medvedev, who is now the vice-president of the Russian Security Council, wrote in a post on Telegram that such an escalation would be a “doomsday scenario”.

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

Russian Security Council Vice-President and Head of the United Russia Party Dmitry Medvedev chairs a meeting on rescuing businesses and jobs in foreign companies via video link at the Gorki state residence outside Moscow, Russia on March 16.

Russian Security Council Vice-President and Head of the United Russia Party Dmitry Medvedev chairs a meeting on rescuing businesses and jobs in foreign companies via video link at the Gorki state residence outside Moscow, Russia on March 16.

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“Such a conflict always risks turning into a real nuclear war,” added Medvedev.

“You just have 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 on 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 on Monday, May 9.
(Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, photo of the Kremlin pool via AP)

The message arrives the Russian Foreign Ministry said about a week later Moscow will not launch nuclear weapons during the war in Ukraine despite the menacing rhetoric of senior officials.

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Maksym, 3, is photographed with his brother, Dmytro, 16, on top of a destroyed Russian tank on the outskirts of Kiev, Ukraine on May 8.

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

Alexei Zaitsev said on Friday that “we have repeatedly refuted allegations about Russia’s possible use of nuclear weapons during the special military operation in Ukraine,” which now lasted 78 days.

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