Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday accused Western politicians of being fixated on nuclear war, a week after Moscow launched its invasion of Ukraine.
“It is clear that World War III can only be nuclear,” Lavrov said in an online interview with Russian and foreign media.
“I want to emphasize that it is in the heads of Western politicians that the idea of nuclear war constantly swirls, and not in the heads of Russians,” he said.
“Therefore, I assure you that we will not allow any provocation to throw us off balance,” Lavrov added.
On Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia’s nuclear forces to be put on high alert, accusing the West of taking “unfriendly” measures against his country.
Moscow has the largest arsenal of nuclear weapons in the world and a huge cache of ballistic missiles that form the backbone of the country’s deterrent forces.