Russia: US Directly Involved In Ukraine Conflict, Could Trigger Nuclear Response
At the United Nations, Russia said that although the conflict in Ukraine does not require the use of nuclear weapons, Moscow might decide to resort to a nuclear response as a result of what it says is direct involvement in its conflict with Ukraine by the United States.
During a nuclear nonproliferation conference, Alexander Trofimov who is a Russian diplomat said that Russia rejects the "utterly unfounded, detached from reality and unacceptable speculations that Russia allegedly threatens to use nuclear weapons, particularly in Ukraine."
He said this in spite of the fact that Kremlin controlled Russian state media has continually threatened nuclear war with the West, and the fact that Russia had put its nuclear deterrence forces on high alert just days after Russian President Vladimir Putin began his invasion on Ukraine after what Putin said was agression from NATO and the West.
Trofimov said that Russia would only use nuclear weapons either in response to weapons of mass destruction, or an attack that used conventional weapons in a way that threatened the existence of the Russian state.
"None of these two hypothetical scenarios is relevant to the situation in Ukraine," he stated at the United Nations conference. However, he said that NATO countries are carrying out a "fierce hybrid confrontation" against Russia that "dangerously balances on the edge of an open military clash."
"Such a move would be able to trigger one of the two emergency scenarios described in our doctrine," he stated. "We obviously stand for preventing this, but if Western countries try to test our resolve, Russia will not back down."
Russian Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov, who is a spokesperson for Moscow's defense ministry claimed that the United States is approving targets for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) missile systems given to Ukraine by the United States.
The General claimed that Russia had intercepted calls between Ukrainian officials that revealed this information, according to BBC News, who said that they couldn't verify the alleged proof by Moscow.
Russia has also accused the United States of fighting a "proxy war" with Russia using Ukraine.
A spokesperson for the Pentagon did say that it has been in fact providing the Ukrainian military with "detailed, time-sensitive information to help them understand the threats they face and defend their country against Russian aggression."
Konashenkov stated: "It is the Biden administration that is directly responsible for all rocket attacks approved by Kyiv on residential areas and civilian infrastructure facilities in settlements of Donbas and other regions that caused mass deaths of civilians."
The HIMARS missile systems given to Ukraine by the United States has the capability of hitting targets at about 43 and a half miles away which has enabled Ukraine to hit Russian targets from a much greater distance than they had the ability to before they received the missile systems.
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