(MENAFN) The head of the Russian Security Council, Nikolay Patrushev, recently spoke at a meeting of secretaries of national security councils of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in New Delhi, where he emphasized Russia's commitment to the principle of the inadmissibility of nuclear war and military confrontation between nuclear powers. Patrushev stressed the need to prevent any military confrontation between nuclear-weapon states, in accordance with the joint statement of the five nuclear states made on Jan. 3, 2022. The statement, adopted by the leaders of Russia, the UK, China, US, and France, expressed the primary responsibility of these nations to prevent war between nuclear states and reduce strategic risks, and reiterated that there can be no winners in a nuclear war, and therefore it should never be unleashed.
However, Patrushev warned that the West's "provocative behavior" in Ukraine may lead to catastrophic consequences, as it contradicts the joint statement made by the five nuclear powers. Last week, the UK announced that it would supply Ukraine with ammunition containing depleted uranium, which has caused tensions to escalate between Russia and the West. In response, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that Moscow would "respond accordingly" and later declared that it would deploy tactical nuclear carriers in Belarus.
The recent developments highlight the growing tensions between Russia and the West, particularly in regards to their respective positions on Ukraine. Russia has long been critical of Ukraine's alignment with the West, and the recent move by the UK to supply ammunition to Ukraine has only added fuel to the fire. The situation is complex, as both sides have their own interests and concerns, but the potential for a military confrontation between nuclear powers is a cause for concern for the international community.
In conclusion, Russia's commitment to preventing nuclear war and military confrontation between nuclear powers is commendable, and it should be a shared responsibility of all nations to prevent such a catastrophic event from happening. The recent tensions between Russia and the West over Ukraine serve as a reminder of the importance of diplomacy and the need to find peaceful solutions to conflicts. It is crucial for all parties involved to maintain open channels of communication and work towards de-escalation to avoid any further escalation of tensions.
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