Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s deputy chairman of the Security Council and one of President Vladimir Putin’s closest allies, has warned the West against continuing military support for Ukraine. “Military exercises near our borders, which increases the likelihood of a direct and open confrontation between NATO and Russia.” He said there was a danger that such a confrontation would turn into a full-scale nuclear war – a destructive scenario for everyone. ”
Today, Russia and the United States are the largest nuclear powers in the world. According to the Washington Arms Control Association, Russia has about 6,257 nuclear warheads, while the three NATO nuclear powers – the United States, Britain and France – have about 6,065 warheads.
As mentioned, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which began at the end of February, led to the deaths of thousands of people. Along with many dead and wounded, and millions of refugees, extensive parts of Ukraine’s territory were destroyed, due to the bombings of the Russian army. This war raised concerns about a confrontation between the United States and Russia – the most material since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.
Earlier today, Finland announced its intention to join the NATO alliance, and a similar declaration by Sweden is expected to follow, as it will certainly not want to be the only Nordic country outside the alliance, according to diplomats and officials quoted by the British Guardian. To Ukraine, which is “reshaping security on the continent and the trans-Atlantic military alliance.”
This is expected to provoke angry reactions in Moscow, which has previously noted that “the expansion of the organization poses a direct threat to Russia’s security.” In Russia, the two have been warned in the past, and even threatened that joining them could have “serious political and military consequences.” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded to the announcement, saying it “definitely” poses a threat to Russia. He said the expansion of the military alliance would not make Europe, or the world more stable. He further added, during a conference call with journalists, that Finland’s steps are “cause for remorse” and “reason for forcing a symmetrical response”.