LONDON (Reuters) – British Armed Forces Minister James Hebei said on Tuesday he does not believe there is an imminent threat of an escalation of the war in Ukraine, rejecting the comments of the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov calling them “arrogant”.
Lavrov had previously told the world not to underestimate the risks of a nuclear conflict and said that NATO’s arms supply to Ukraine “in substance “means that the Western alliance is committed in a proxy war with Russia.
“Lavrov’s hallmark during his roughly 15 years in the position of Russian foreign minister is this kind of arrogance. I don’t think there is now an imminent threat of escalation,” Hebei told BBC television.
“What the West is doing to support its allies in Ukraine is measured very well . everything we are doing is measured to avoid a direct confrontation with Russia, “he said.
In statements to the Sky News television channel, Hebei said that NATO, which is strengthening its eastern wing, is not providing military aid to Ukraine as an organization.
When asked about whether Russia would use a tactical nuclear weapon, Hebei said he believed there was a possibility of a “small disappearance” of this type of escalation.
“Donor (country) efforts are something that is brought together by countries, many of which already come from NATO, but many of them come from outside . It is not NATO that provides military aid,” added the British minister. .
Hebe said it was perfectly legitimate for Ukraine to hit Russia’s fuel supply lines and acknowledged that weapons supplied by the international community now had a range that allowed their use. in Russia.
He told Radio Times: “This is not necessarily a problem. There are many countries in all over the world using equipment that they have imported from other countries and when this equipment is used you shouldn’t blame the country that made it, blame the country that launched it. “
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