Vladimir Putin, the risk if NATO comes into conflict with Russia

Vladimir Putin, the risk if NATO comes into conflict with Russia

 Reported by Reuters, the supply of weapons to Ukraine by the United States (US) and its allies could trigger a conflict between Russia and the military alliance. Former President Dmitry Medvedev, who is now Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, said such a conflict with NATO always carries the risk of turning into a full-scale nuclear war. 

"NATO countries pumping weapons into Ukraine, training troops to use Western equipment, sending mercenaries and training Alliance countries near our borders increase the possibility of direct and open conflict between NATO and Russia," Medvedev said in a Telegram post on Thursday. (12/5/2022). "Such a conflict always carries the risk of turning into a full-fledged nuclear war," Medvedev said. "This would be a disastrous scenario for everyone," he concluded. By far, Russia and the United States have the largest nuclear powers in the world. 

Russia has about 6,257 nuclear warheads. While the three NATO nuclear powers; The US, UK and France have about 6,065 warheads combined, according to the Arms Control Association in Washington. Putin said the special operations in Ukraine were carried out because the US was using Kyiv to threaten his country. Moscow, according to Putin, must also fight the persecution of Russian-speaking people.

 Putin, who says Ukraine and Russia are fundamentally one, called the war an inevitable confrontation with the United States, which he accuses of threatening Russia by interfering in its backyard through NATO's eastward expansion.

 On the other hand, Ukraine considers it is fighting imperial-style land grabbing, Kyiv also views Putin's genocide claims as nonsense. Kyiv says Putin's invasion only reinforces the desire of the Ukrainian people to turn west from Russia's orbit.
The war between Russia and Ukraine entered its 79th day on Friday (13/5/2022). Recently, Finland declared its intention to join the NATO military alliance.

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