According to Alexander Venediktov, the deputy secretary of the Russian Federation’s Security Council, NATO’s admission of Ukraine could spark “World War 3,” and the US-led military alliance is well aware of this possibility.
Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, unexpectedly revealed at the end of September that the nation had filed for rapid membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The action was taken after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the annexation of four Ukrainian areas during a ceremony in Moscow.
In an interview with Russia’s Tass news agency today (October 13), Venediktov said that Ukraine’s decision was just a “propaganda move”.
“Kiev is well aware that such a step would inevitably lead to an escalation into World War Three. Obviously, that’s what they are relying on to create disinformation and draw attention to themselves again,” said the deputy secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.
Venediktov also echoed Moscow’s position that, by helping Ukraine, the West “is a direct participant in the ongoing conflict”.
The official believes that NATO member countries are well aware of the “suicidal nature” of Ukraine’s admission to the alliance. He pointed out that the major powers and even Brussels were not very enthusiastic about the quick admission of the warring Eastern European country and even “immediately issued a set of standards on points that did not meet the requirements of the war.” demand for membership in NATO, including the existence of territorial disputes”.
Venediktov reaffirmed Russia’s unchanged position that it would never accept the neighboring country’s “accession to NATO or some other alliance formed under the auspices of the United States.”