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Russia blames UK FM for elevated nuclear alert

The British foreign secretary made “unacceptable” statements on “clashes” between NATO and Russia

RT | February 28, 2022

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin placed Russia’s deterrence forces – including nuclear weapons – on high alert in response to statements by British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss on potential conflict between NATO and Moscow.

“Statements were made by various representatives at various levels on possible altercations or even collisions and clashes between NATO and Russia,” Peskov told reporters. “We believe that such statements are absolutely unacceptable. I would not call the authors of these statements by name, although it was the British foreign minister.”

Speaking to Sky News on Sunday, Truss said that “if we don’t stop Putin in Ukraine, we are going to see others under threat: the Baltics, Poland, Moldova, and it could end up in a conflict with NATO. We do not want to go there.” Truss did not specify how the UK could “stop” Russia in Ukraine, although the British government has already sent anti-tank weapons and other “lethal aid” to Kiev.

However, a Foreign Office source told the BBC on Monday: “I don’t think anything Liz has said warrants that sort of rhetoric or escalation,” adding that Truss has always spoken of NATO – which was formed with the explicit goal of opposing the Soviet Union – as a “defensive alliance.”

While Putin’s announcement does not signal any intent to use nuclear weapons, it has been received in the West as a reminder of the importance Moscow places on Ukraine, and its determination to keep the country out of NATO. Since the end of the Cold War, successive Russian leaders have consistently opposed the eastward expansion of the alliance, and Moscow considers the idea of a NATO-armed Ukraine on its borders an existential security threat.

In Washington, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki condemned Putin’s decision to raise the alert level, accusing the Russian president of “manufacturing threats that don’t exist in order to justify further aggression.”

Meanwhile in Ukraine, Russia’s operation is still underway, and fighting has taken place in the cities of Kharkov, Mariupol, and on the outskirts of Kiev. Tentative negotiations between Ukrainian and Russian officials took place in Belarus on Monday.

February 28, 2022 - Posted by | Militarism | , , ,

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  1. Let me suggest a possible scenario in the near future. The super oligarchs have gathered together and decided that this is just the right moment to implode fiat currencies of the Western Occident-USA at once and in unison. Just the right moment… because we know how the now familiar quote goes “Never let a crisis go to waste” a theme and mentality shared among great personages of evil like, Machiavelli, Obama and Rahm Emanuel. This crisis will be manipulated in such a way as to collapse economies by detonating one or two stealthily placed nuclear weapons. These A- weapons readers may recall, were stolen en route from South Africa to the UK or was it Israel? I reference here for your perusal, David Cameron lost three atomic weapons in transit from South Africa. Please visit https://leejohnbarnes.blogspot.com/2010/03/thatcher-cameron-and-nukes-part-4.html.

    ASIDE: The ghost of Margret Thatcher (Dave Cameron’s old boss) still lives on and continues to influence radical factions of the Neo Con MIC corporatist elements. Let us take a moment to recall her most egregiously dystopian comment, “there’s no such thing as society”…We can expect no less than the very worst from these same warmongering corporate adventurers who have managed to penetrate the White House and most sensitive diplomatic positions. Again, the very worst in human nature will exhibit itself during this extremely dangerous moment in our history

    Mechanically speaking, these bombs are getting a little warm, loosing their strength (yield) and dependability (likely detonation) so, one or two of them will be covertly deployed to some EU country and USA or one of our close allies, you guessed it, then exploded. The fission signatures that unmistakably tie these detonations back to South Africa will be uncovered however justice will not be pursued during the absolute chaos that will ensue. If I read the KOGG right (former KGB) they too may seize upon this novel approach to warfare politic by following suit, with a terrorist detonation of their own in some less than significant area of Russia. This covert Intel effort designed to temporarily distract the world opine away from Putin et al, and (strangely enough) to show everyone that hyper sonic missiles, aircraft carriers with all their force projection and attack subs beneath them are in fact an absurdity…

    As the fingers point every which way, the UN will end up dissolving all the major blood sucking ticks a.k.a. Military Industrial Congressional Complexes and come to a new order, based on aggressively de weaponizing first world countries. It’s that vision I have OR a slow and uncontrollable nuclear escalation over the course of several weeks turning our blue marble planet into a black cinder ball….

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    Comment by elmerfudzie | February 28, 2022 | Reply


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