Russian Defense Minister’s Shocking Warning: NATO’s Interference in Ukraine Could Trigger “Unpredictable Consequences”
During a conference call on February 7, 2023, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu warned that increased involvement by NATO member nations in the Russo-Ukrainian conflict would lead to “unpredictable escalation.”
Shoigu specifically cited the continuous shipment of Western weapons to Ukraine as the principal factor that could lead to this “unpredictable escalation.”
“The US and its allies are trying to prolong the conflict as much as possible. To do this, they have started supplying heavy offensive weapons, openly urging Ukraine to seize our territories. In fact, such steps are dragging NATO countries into the conflict and could lead to an unpredictable level of escalation,” the Russian defense minister proclaimed.
Ever since Russia launched its military incursion in Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the United States and its NATO allies have sent Ukraine billions of dollars in military aid in an effort to bleed Russia dry in this conflict. In addition, the Collective West has imposed economic sanctions on Russia. The combination of sanctions and streams of military aid is viewed by Russian authorities as efforts to prolong the current war.
In fact, Russian authorities have stressed that the Collective West and NATO are engaging in a direct role in the Ukraine conflict by supplying advanced arms and military equipment. Russia has warned that NATO weapons are “legitimate targets” for Russian armed units.
No matter how interventionists in the West spin it, they are clearly pushing for a direct clash with Russia in Ukraine. The constant supply of weapons to Ukraine will eventually result in Russia targeting these shipments and potentially striking NATO personnel delivering such systems.
How the West would respond to such punitive actions is anyone’s guess. But we should not try to find out, since both Russia and the US possess the overwhelming majority of the globe’s nuclear weapons arsenal.
Let’s pray that elected officials come to their senses and exercise restraint in this conflict. The best way they can do so is by halting all military aid to Ukraine.