– When we observe this kind of nuclear rhetoric from Russia, President Vladimir Putin over and over again, we must take it seriously. And for this reason, we have a clear message that the use of nuclear weapons would have severe consequences for Russia, said the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Alliance.
Earlier on Tuesday, the former president of Russia and now vice-chairman of the Security Council of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, said that Russia has every right to defend itself against Ukraine using nuclear weapons and that NATO would be too frightened by a “nuclear apocalypse” to respond directly to the conflict .
On the same day, the head of NATO spoke by phone with the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky.
“I just talked to President Zelensky and explained that NATO’s allies are unwavering in our support for Ukraine, its sovereignty and the right to self-defense. False referenda by Russia have no legitimacy and are a gross violation of international law. These lands are Ukraine,” Stoltenberg wrote. on Twitter. He added that “bogus referenda” on the annexation of the occupied territories of Ukraine to Russia are a clear violation of international law.
Zelenskiy informed on social media that he and the Secretary General of NATO discussed further assistance from the Alliance for Ukraine. He also thanked Stoltenberg for “strong condemnation of illegal Russian referenda”,
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