A Russian official has warned of world war 3 if NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) accepts Ukraine as a member. Ukraine has already applied for fast-track approval to join NATO.
Ukraine’s application signing video screamed war propaganda in a way that was overt. Ukraine’s application for an accelerated entry into NATO is “rather a propaganda move,” Venediktov said. He also repeated the Kremlin’s rhetoric that countries in the West, by assisting Ukraine in the war, “are a direct party to the conflict”.
“Kyiv is well aware that such a step would mean a guaranteed escalation to a World War Three,” Alexander Venediktov, the deputy secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, said in an interview with Russia’s state-run news agency, Tass.
Venediktov’s remarks come after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked to accelerate Ukraine’s application to NATO in late September, just hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared that the Kremlin had annexed four regions in Ukraine.
Ukraine’s NATO membership has always been a red line for Russia.
Venediktov accused Ukraine of seeking to create informational noise,” to try to attract attention to itself.
The official also said that he was certain, given Kyiv’s “disengagement from reality,” that there are those who expect Ukraine to be accepted as a NATO member. NATO membership requires the unanimous approval of all 30 member nations. “The suicidal nature of this step [to admit Ukraine to NATO] is understood by the NATO members themselves,” said Venediktov.
So far, not many nations are ready to accept Ukraine and kick off WW3.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said that the alliance’s “focus” now “is on providing immediate support to Ukraine, to help Ukraine defend itself against the Russian brutal invasion.”