Nuclear WW3 is now a ‘REAL DANGER’ and Britain and NATO would be a ‘legitimate’ target, warns Putin boss

A nuclear world war is now a “real” threat and Britain and NATO would be a “legitimate” target, Russia’s foreign minister has warned.

In a chilling message, Sergei Lavrov said the risk of a third world war is now “significant” and should not be “underestimated”.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov


Russian Foreign Minister Sergey LavrovCredit: EPA
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A block of flats shows damage from a Russian missile attack in Odessa, southern Ukraine


A block of flats shows damage from a Russian missile attack in Odessa, southern UkrainePhoto credit: Getty
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Ukrainian soldiers collect several Russian “Uragan” missiles in the village of Berezivka, UkraineCredit: AP

Lavrov accused NATO forces of “pouring fuel on the fire” by arming Ukrainian troops – and claimed that Russia wanted to prevent nuclear war at all costs.

In an interview with Russian news agencies, he said: “This is our key position on which we build everything. The risks are now significant.

“I don’t want to artificially increase those risks. Many would like that. The danger is serious, real, and we must not underestimate it.”

And the war hawk said Britain and other NATO countries were “a legitimate target” after “pumping arms into Ukraine”.

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Lavrov said: “NATO is essentially engaged in a war with Russia through a proxy and is arming that proxy. War means war.”

The foreign minister also criticized Kiev’s approach to peace talks with Moscow.

He said: “Goodwill has its limits. But if it’s not mutual, it doesn’t help the negotiation process.”

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called Lavrov’s comments a sign of Russia’s weakness.

In a statement on Twitter, Kuleba said Russia had lost its “last hope of stopping the world from supporting Ukraine.”

He added: “It only means that Moscow senses defeat.”

Britain also downplayed Russian warnings.

Military Secretary James Heappey told the BBC: “Lavrov’s hallmark over the 15 or so years that he was Russia’s foreign minister was that kind of bravery.

“I don’t think there is an immediate risk of escalation at the moment.”

It comes after the US on Monday approved the potential sale of $165 million worth of ammunition to Ukraine.

The Pentagon said the package could contain ammunition for howitzers, tanks and grenade launchers.

Moscow’s ambassador in Washington urged the US to halt supplies – and warned that Western weapons would fuel the conflict.

Moscow has ratcheted up its guilt towards Britain, claiming that a secret “psyops” unit operating in Ukraine committed wartime atrocities such as raping women and bombing children.


Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will arrive in Moscow today to meet Vladimir Putin and Lavrov in the most high-profile peacekeeping mission since the war began.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has left thousands dead or injured, reduced cities to rubble and forced more than five million people to flee.

Russia has yet to capture any of Ukraine’s largest cities after its forces withdrew from the outskirts of the capital Kyiv last month amid resistance.

Putin’s new war is said to be mostly focused on the east – and that’s where more troops have been sent to attack two provinces.

While Russia is focused on the east and south, it has also launched missile and airstrikes into other parts of Ukraine.

On Monday, the defense ministry said it had destroyed six plants that power railways used to supply foreign arms to Ukraine’s armed forces.

The Military Command of Ukraine said Russia is trying to bomb Ukraine’s railway infrastructure to disrupt arms shipments from abroad.

The head of Ukraine’s state railway company said one railway worker was killed and four wounded in Russian missile attacks on five railway stations.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said last night: “It is obvious that every day – and especially today, when the third month of our resistance has begun – everyone in Ukraine worries about peace, about when it will all be over.

“There is currently no easy answer to that.” Nuclear WW3 is now a ‘REAL DANGER’ and Britain and NATO would be a ‘legitimate’ target, warns Putin boss


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