Russia-Ukraine: Reactions to Zelensky’s statements about “preemptive strikes” against Russia

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Russia-Ukraine: Reactions to Zelensky’s statements about “preemptive strikes” against Russia

“Such statements are nothing more than a call for another world war to break out with unpredictable, monstrous consequences,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

The Kremlin today condemned the position of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for “preemptive strikes” against Russia in order to exclude the possibility of Moscow using nuclear weapons, Reuters reports citing RIA Novosti.

“Such statements are nothing more than a call for another world war to break out with unpredictable, monstrous consequences,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

During a discussion organized by the Australian Lowy Institute, the president of Ukraine argued that the strikes are necessary to rule out the possible use of nuclear weapons. He did not specify what kind of blows he was referring to.

“What should NATO do? To make it impossible for Russia to use nuclear weapons,” Zelensky said in a video posted online. “What is important, I once again appeal to the international community … pre-emptive strikes so that (the Russians) know what will happen to them if they use them (nuclear weapons),” he added.

The representative of the Ukrainian presidency, Serhii Nikiforov, hastened to clarify that Zelensky’s statements were misinterpreted. In particular, he said that “the president was talking about the period before February 24 (the date of the start of the Russian invasion). At that time, preventive measures were needed to prevent Russian invasion. I remind you that the only measures discussed then were preventive sanctions,” Nikoforov said.

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