VT: Sourced from Russian state managed media
RT: Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated on Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin positioned Russia’s deterrence forces – together with nuclear weapons – on excessive alert in response to statements by British Overseas Secretary Liz Truss on potential battle between NATO and Moscow.
Chatting with Sky Information on Sunday, Truss stated that “if we don’t cease Putin in Ukraine, we’re going to see others beneath risk: the Baltics, Poland, Moldova, and it may find yourself in a battle with NATO. We don’t need to go there.” Truss didn’t specify how the UK may “cease” Russia in Ukraine, though the British authorities has already despatched anti-tank weapons and different “deadly help” to Kiev.
Nonetheless, a Overseas Workplace supply instructed the BBC on Monday: “I don’t assume something Liz has stated warrants that kind of rhetoric or escalation,” including that Truss has all the time spoken of NATO – which was fashioned with the specific purpose of opposing the Soviet Union – as a “defensive alliance.”
Whereas Putin’s announcement doesn’t sign any intent to make use of nuclear weapons, it has been obtained within the West as a reminder of the significance Moscow locations on Ukraine, and its dedication to maintain the nation out of NATO. Because the finish of the Chilly Struggle, successive Russian leaders have persistently opposed the eastward enlargement of the alliance, and Moscow considers the concept of a NATO-armed Ukraine on its borders an existential safety risk.
In Washington, White Home Press Secretary Jen Psaki condemned Putin’s determination to lift the alert degree, accusing the Russian president of “manufacturing threats that don’t exist as a way to justify additional aggression.”
In the meantime in Ukraine, Russia’s operation remains to be underway, and combating has taken place within the cities of Kharkov, Mariupol, and on the outskirts of Kiev. Tentative negotiations between Ukrainian and Russian officers befell in Belarus on Monday.