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Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said the country will carry on with its military operation in Ukraine until 'the end'.
Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which began on February 24, has reportedly not been going as well as Vladimir Putin first anticipated, with intelligence suggesting that the president 'overestimated' the capabilities of the Russian military.
However, today, March 3, in a news conference Lavrov revealed Moscow's plans to continue with their 'full-scale invasion' until 'the end' amid suspicions that other foreign leaders are preparing for war.
"If they begin a real war against us then they need to think carefully."— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 3, 2022
Russia's Sergei Lavrov blames "western politicians" for raising the issue of nuclear war, claiming it is "not in the heads of the Russians".https://t.co/cz5NTchyMw
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In the conference, Lavrov questioned US President Joe Biden over the US's sanctions on the Kremlin, and warned Western politicians that Russia is 'not going to allow some provocations to unbalance us'.
On the first day of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Biden unveiled a series of 'severe sanctions' against the Kremlin following a meeting with the leaders of the G7. The sanctions included the cutting off of Russia's largest bank and four other major banks from the US financial system, as well as the adding to to a 'list of Russian elites and their family members'.
Addressing Biden, Lavrov said, per Sky News: 'When replying to a question 'Was there an alternative to these sanctions?' He said that the only alternative is World War III, and everyone has the sense that it can only be nuclear war. But I would like to point out that these are statements of Western politicians, they are repeating nuclear war, this is not in the heads of the Russians.
'We are not going to allow some provocations to unbalance us, take us out of balance but if they begin a real war against us then they need to think carefully.'
While Lavrov previously warned that a third World War would be 'nuclear and destructive,' the Russian Foreign Minister went on to state: 'We've got a military doctrine which describes the parameters and conditions for application or deployment of nuclear weapon.'
Despite accusing Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who himself is Jewish, of ruling over 'a society where Nazism is flourishing', Lavrov also expressed his confidence in a solution to the invasion soon being found, Reuters reports.
Further negotiations between Russia and Ukraine are expected to take place today, March 3, in Belarus.
However, Lavrov warned that the West must show 'mutual respect' in its dialogue with the Kremlin and that Ukraine would not be allowed to keep infrastructure that threatened the Kremlin.
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