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Lavrov threatens Ukraine with nuclear weapons in case of war over Crimea

Lavrov threatens Ukraine with nuclear weapons in case of war over Crimea

Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov promised that Russia will use all forces and means against Ukraine if the latter decides to go to war for Crimea. RIA NOVOSTI reports that Lavrov made this statement on Wednesday after a meeting with his Italian counterpart, Federica Mogherini.

“I would not advise anyone to do that (attack Crimea – Ed.). We have a doctrine of national security; it very clearly prescribes actions that our country must take in such cases.” said Lavrov.

In 2009, the National Security Concept was revised in Putin’s Russia.

According to this concept, Russia has the right to “use all forces and means at its disposal, including nuclear weapons, to repel any armed aggression.”

In March 2014, Russia illegally occupied Ukrainian Crimea, and “included” it in the Russian Federation.

All international organizations, including the UN General Assembly, PACE, OSCE, the US, the EU and Ukraine itself have deemed the occupation illegal and recognize Crimea as Ukrainian territory.

[hr]Translated by Christine Chraibi

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