The Russian deputy ambassador to the UN says Russia retains the right to use nuclear weapons if the country is “provoked” by NATO.
One of Russia’s top diplomats to the United States, Dmitry Polyansky, spoke to Sky News when Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said his boss could push the nuclear button if the country felt it was exposed to an “existential” threat. is facing.
Asked whether Putin was right to justify the possibility of a nuclear war on the rest of the world, Mr Polanski said: “If Russia is provoked by NATO, if Russia is attacked by NATO, why not, We are a nuclear power.
“I don’t think that’s the right thing to say. But threatening Russia and trying to intervene is not the right thing to do. So when you’re dealing with nuclear power, of course, you have to calculate all your behavior. possible consequences.”
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Mr Poliansky spoke to Sky News inside Russia’s mission to the United Nations in New York, where photos of Vladimir Putin adorn the walls, certainly one of the few places in Manhattan where the Russian president will still be welcomed.
Amidst sipping lemon tea, the deputy ambassador rejected a formal announcement by the US government that members of the Russian armed forces were guilty of war crimes in Ukraine.
“I don’t think we are committing war crimes in Ukraine,” Polanski said. “Of course, it’s not up to me to judge. I’m not there. You’re not there. You’re watching videos, you’re watching many videos that are supposed to be fake news. You believe one thing, I I agree on another thing.”
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I showed the deputy ambassador photos taken by Associated Press reporters in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, an apartment block hit by Russian missiles and the bodies of Ukrainian children buried in narrow trenches, but he refused to blame Russia .
He made the absurd claim that Ukraine was attacking its own buildings and civilians. “He was not targeted,” Polanski said. “We have said from the beginning that our military is not a threat to the civilian population of Ukraine.”
It will be up to the International Criminal Court to determine whether Russia is guilty of war crimes in Ukraine, but Russia’s diplomats are biting different figures with their wild claims of fake news.