Russia has threatened to attack military targets in Britain after Britain shipped arms to Ukraine.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the attacks could be authorized against NATO member states.
She said: “Do we understand correctly that Russia can attack military targets on the territory of NATO countries that supply weapons to the Kiev regime in order to disrupt logistics of military supplies?”
“After all, this leads directly to deaths and bloodshed on Ukrainian territory. As far as I know, the UK is one of those countries.”
It comes after Russia’s foreign minister warned that nuclear world war poses a “real” threat now that British and NATO weapons are already “legitimate” targets in Ukraine.
In a chilling message, Sergei Lavrov said the risk of a third world war was now “significant” – saying the West, by supporting Kyiv, was essentially waging a proxy war against Moscow.
Lavrov accused NATO forces of “pouring fuel on the fire” by “pumping arms into Ukraine.”
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 Warhawk said arms shipments from Britain and other NATO countries were “a legitimate target” – echoing what Russian commanders had been saying since the invasion in late February.
Lavrov accused the West of deliberately trying to “wear down the Russian army” and exhaust its ability to wage war – something the minister optimistically called an “illusion”.
But he maintained that Russia wanted to avoid nuclear war at all costs.
Western countries have shipped aid, arms and equipment to Ukraine without deploying troops or imposing a no-fly zone.
Britain has supplied anti-tank weapons and anti-aircraft missiles and plans to send Stormer armored vehicles to help them fight Russia.
But there are fears that anything further could trigger open war with Moscow – something that could easily degenerate into a nuclear exchange.
And with this danger looming over the region, the world sits on the brink – with international tensions at their post-Cold War heights.
And Lavrov stoked the fire again when he openly accused the West of waging a covert conflict against Russia.
He 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.
UN VISIT TO MOSCOW
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.”
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