The Russian official warned that NATO is escalating the arms race, not for peace but to continue the geopolitical struggle against Moscow.
“We should be clear: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is rallying its ranks and escalating the arms race not for peace and negotiation, or for ‘fighting for freedom’. “, but rather to continue the geopolitical confrontation with Russia, with the Russian World. There should be no illusions about that. But such “intolerant games” with nuclear power are extremely dangerous and are a threat to everyone,” wrote Leonid Slutsky, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the State Duma (lower house) of Russia, on Telegram on January 29.
According to Slutsky, the West is sending “quite clear contradictory signals”. On the one hand, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stated that Germany does not want the conflict in Ukraine to escalate and opposes drawing NATO into the conflict, but on the other hand, NATO officials assert the bloc, the Russian official said. prepared for a direct confrontation with Russia.
“German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock once declared a ‘war against Russia’, but there was no objection from Europe at the time,” Slutsky added.
According to the Russian official, “almost all NATO countries are participating in the escalation of the conflict in one way or another, such as supplying weapons, ammunition, even heavy weapons to the Kiev government.” “.
“In fact, they are getting their hands on the conflict in Ukraine. The question is whether they will admit it or not,” Mr. Slutsky stressed.
Admiral Rob Bauer, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, said on January 28 that NATO decided to create four more multinational combat groups in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia in response to Russia’s opening military operation. especially in Ukraine.
“This is an important signal to Russia that we are ready if they decide to confront NATO. That is a red line and if there is a red line it is for Russian forces to cross the borders of the member states. NATO member,” Bauer said.
The Russia-Ukraine conflict has entered its 12th month and continues to escalate. Both sides are said to be preparing for a large-scale attack or counterattack this spring, possibly in late February or March.
Last week, a series of Western countries pledged to provide heavy battle tanks to Ukraine. Ukrainian Ambassador to France Vadym Omelchenko confirmed that allies and partners have committed to deliver 321 tanks. However, Kiev will have to wait at least a few more weeks to receive the first tanks.
Western heavy tanks are expected to help Ukraine strengthen its defenses against the new Russian offensive plan, while also allowing Kiev to counterattack.
Russia accuses this aid plan as further evidence that NATO is increasingly directly intervening in the conflict in Ukraine.