Britain, China and the United States have responded to lavrov's threats of nuclear war
British and American ministers believe that russia's statements should not be taken seriously
What happened? Following russian foreign minister sergei lavrov's statement that the risk of nuclear war poses a real danger, China's Foreign Ministry said that “no one wants to see a third world war break out”.
Source. This was reported by CNN.
Details. During a briefing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin reiterated China's hope for parties to “keep calm and exercise restraint,” and to “realize peace as soon as possible and avoid inflicting a heavier price on Europe and the world.”
US Defense Department spokesman John Kirby reminded that it wasn't the first time russia had used such rhetoric. Then he said there was no reason for nuclear war.
“There is no reason for the current conflict in Ukraine to reach such a level,” he said.
The Pentagon spokesman believes that the war in Ukraine is easy to end – it is enough for russia to withdraw troops and stop the shellings and bombardments.
The Minister of the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom James Heappey said that the words of russian foreign minister sergei lavrov about the “World War III” and the use of nuclear weapons should not be taken too seriously and they are rather “bravado”.
“I do not think there is a real threat of escalation now. What the West is doing to support Ukraine is very important,” said James Heappey.
Being asked how likely russia is to use tactical nuclear weapons, Heappey said he considers the risk “negligible”.
Background. Yesterday, russian foreign minister lavrov said that the risk of nuclear war is real, this danger should not be underestimated.