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Russia condemns Zelensky’s comments as “an invitation to start a new world war”.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on NATO to launch “preventive strikes” against Russia. kyiv corrected Zelensky by noting that he was talking about deterrence and not nuclear strikes.

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MOscou on Thursday slammed statements by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that referred to NATO’s “preventive strikes” against Russia, and Mr. kyiv clarified that Zelensky was talking about deterrence, not nuclear strikes.


Mr Zelensky spoke on Thursday during a video conference with the Lowy Institute, an Australian think tank. “What should NATO do? Eliminate the possibility of Russia using nuclear weapons. But above all, I appeal to the international community again, as before February 24: preventive strikes, they will know what will happen to them if they are used,” said the Ukrainian leader. “Other No way, waiting for a nuclear attack from Russia, so you’re like, ‘Oh, well, you’re doing this, so take it from us!’ Rethink its way of exerting pressure, that’s what NATO needs to do, rethink the way it’s used,” Mr. Zelensky continued.

After these announcements, Mr. Zelensky’s spokesman, Serguiï Nykyforov, explained that these comments regarding the preventive sanctions taken against Moscow before the February 24 attack did not prevent military strikes. “The President talked about the period before February 24. It is necessary to take preventive measures so as not to allow Russia to start a war. Then I remind you that the measures in question are only sanctions,” he posted on Facebook, adding that Kyiv would “never” call for the use of nuclear weapons.

“Such statements are nothing more than an invitation to start a new world war with terrible and unpredictable consequences,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying by the Ria Novosti agency. He called for the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union to react to these comments, saying these countries were leading the “real” Q&A operations.

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