Mr. Medvedev warned of World War III

The former Russian president said that Ukraine’s bid to join the NATO military alliance would “speed up the process of starting World War III”.

“Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wants to quickly become a NATO member. Great idea. He just asked NATO to speed up the start of World War III,” said Dmitry Medvedev, former Russian president and now vice-president. Russia’s Security Council, wrote on Telegram on September 30.

Medvedev’s comments came after President Zelensky signed an application to join NATO and asked the alliance to quickly admit Ukraine. This is considered a response to Russia’s announcement of annexation of 4 regions of Donetsk, Lugasnk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson in eastern and southern Ukraine.

Russia’s move has been met with harsh reactions from the US and Western countries, including Turkey, which has quite good relations with Moscow.

Dmitry Medvedev, vice chairman of Russia's Security Council, in an interview in Moscow in January. Photo: Reuters.

Dmitry Medvedev, vice chairman of Russia’s Security Council, during an interview in Moscow in January. Photo: Reuters.

Mr. Medvedev said that US President Joe Biden did not realize “the territories have chosen to join Russia”. “We could have found a good location for the US to open consulates in new Russian territories. It’s a pity,” he said.

A few days earlier, Mr. Medvedev said that Russia has the right to use nuclear weapons when needed and that countries should not take President Vladimir Putin’s warning about nuclear as empty talk.

“If the threat to Russia has exceeded the determined dangerous limit”, the country will have the right to respond “without asking anyone’s permission, without much discussion”, Medvedev warned.

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on September 30 that Ukraine’s attempt to join NATO should be done “at another time”. He believes that the best way to support Ukraine now is through actual support on the ground. Many Western officials and observers fear that Ukraine’s admission to NATO could push the alliance into direct military conflict with Russia.

Seven decades of NATO advance in Europe.  Graphics: Statista.

Seven decades of NATO advance in Europe. Graphics: Statesman.

Thanh Tam (Theo TASS)

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