Russia: U.S., NATO and Ukraine to participate in war… Warning on weapon support

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Russia warned the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), including the United States, that it was “participating in the war with Russia through its proxy (Ukraine).” When the US and NATO significantly increased their arms support to Ukraine, they threatened “World War III” and “nuclear war”, and in effect claimed that a direct war between the US and NATO-Russia had begun, raising concerns about escalation. As the Nordic neutral Sweden and Finland apply for NATO membership at the same time next month, there are speculations that Russia, which resisted this, could widen the front line or heighten the nuclear threat to the Baltic Sea.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on the 25th (local time) that U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blincoln and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin visited the Ukraine capital Kiiu the day before and promised additional weapons assistance as de facto participating in war with Russia. He also said that the support arms transport procession would be a target for Russian forces to attack. Russia’s ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, said:

But Secretary Blincoln tweeted a picture of himself on a train bound for Kiiu, stressing that he would support Ukraine “until success.” While the two ministers were traveling to Kiiu, the US Technical Operations Center in Poland is said to have activated an emergency response system that tracks these locations by the minute.

Austin held a NATO defense ministers’ meeting in Poland on the 26th to discuss support for Ukraine. Poland has announced plans to support tanks.

White House press secretary Jen Saki said that Austin’s statement the day before that “weakening of the Russian military was the US goal” was “in line with President Biden’s view that he would do everything to defeat Putin’s ambitions.” ) package,” he said. The New York Times analyzed that it was “acknowledging that it would turn into a more direct dispute between the United States and Russia.”

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Tensions in the Baltic Sea are rising as Sweden and Finland are pushing for NATO accession. Russia has threatened to deploy nuclear weapons and hypersonic missiles in the Baltic Sea if Sweden and Finland join NATO. The New York Times reported that the Biden administration was considering multiple scenarios, including the possibility of Russia using small nuclear weapons in the Black Sea and elsewhere.

In fact, fears of escalation in Eastern Europe are growing. An explosion occurred on the 25th at a building in Transnitria, a pro-Russian region of Moldova, which borders Ukraine. The Russian military has announced plans to secure a land bridgehead linking southern Ukraine and Transnitria. Ukraine called it “(Russia’s ‘fake flag’ operation to justify the invasion of Moldova”).

Washington = Byung-ki Moon, Correspondent weappon@donga.com
Paris = Correspondent Yunjong Kimzozo@donga.com

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