Russia says that a nuclear war would be “unacceptable” but is also warning that it is not impossible as tensions continue to rise. Moscow Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Russia was able to convince other nuclear superpowers, including the United States to agree.
Moscow tried to persuade former President Donald Trump to recommit to the 1987 statement by US and Soviet leaders that there can be no winners in a nuclear war and that such a war should never be fought, Lavrov explained in an interview on Monday with ‘The Great Game’, a political talk show on Russia’s Channel One.
Even though the Trump administration declined to do so, Joe Biden “quickly” agreed with Moscow, and the statement was made at the June 2021 summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, according to a report by RT. China, France, and the UK – the remaining three nuclear powers that are also permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – agreed as well, and made a joint statement.
“This is our principled position. We start from it,” Lavrov said. However, the risks of nuclear war are now “very significant. I don’t want them artificially inflated. There are many who would wish for it. The danger is serious, real. It cannot be underestimated.”