After US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said this week that the United States wanted to “weak” Russia and was already “fighting” Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued his biggest threat yet of retaliation against NATO for its involvement in the response to the Ukraine war. .
“If someone decides to interfere in current events from abroad and create unacceptable strategic threats to us, then he should know that our reaction to these threatening strikes will be swift and light,” Putin told the State Duma on Wednesday.
“We have all the tools for that – tools that no one can brag about. We will not brag. We will use them if necessary. And I want everyone to know that. We have already made all the decisions in this regard.”
On the same day, Russian officials said that a large shipment of weapons from NATO member states to Ukraine was destroyed in a missile attack in central Ukraine.
The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had warned the day before that the Russian armed forces would consider shipments of NATO weapons in Ukraine “legitimate targets.”
“Depots, including in Western Ukraine, have become such targets more than once. Otherwise, how should it be? Indeed, NATO is waging a proxy war against Russia and is arming this proxy. War means war.
On Wednesday, Russia halted natural gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria in response to devastating US and European sanctions. The Kremlin is also threatening to cut off supplies to other NATO members such as Germany, which is heavily dependent on Russian natural gas.
There were also reports of fires in arms depots on Russian soil on Wednesday. On the same day, in a speech to the Senate, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken raised the possibility that the Ukrainians would “extend the fighting beyond their borders,” apparently implying attacks on Russian soil.
The Russian military said the attacks inside Russia would lead to retaliatory strikes on “the decision centers in Kyiv”. The Ministry of Defense stated that the attacks on Russia “will lead to an immediate and appropriate response … As we have warned, Russian forces are on a 24-hour standby to respond with long-range attacks with precision weapons on decision-making centers in Kyiv.”
Explosions have also been reported from the Republic of Moldova. The financial times He wrote: “The mysterious explosions at the Ministry of State Security, a radio tower and a military unit came days after a Russian commander claimed that Russian speakers were being repressed in Moldova.”
Meanwhile, Russian forces are penetrating deep into eastern Ukraine and have captured several villages. After withdrawing from the outskirts of the capital Kyiv, the Russian army concentrated its advance in the south and east of the country.
Journalists David E. Sanger and Stephen Erlanger from The New York Times He wrote in an article on the escalation of the war titled “Fear grows as Ukraine’s war spreads beyond state borders”:
President Biden and his Western allies have emphasized over the past nine weeks that the war on Ukraine should remain only Ukraine.
Now there are fears in Washington and European capitals that the conflict may soon spread to neighboring countries, cyberspace, and NATO countries, to which Russia has suddenly cut off gas supplies. In the long run, such an expansion could lead to a direct conflict between Washington and Moscow…
goes on to say:
“The risk of escalating the war now is very great,” Seth J. Jones, director of the European Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said on Wednesday.
Jones stated, “The Russian death toll is on the rise and the United States is committed to sending in more powerful weapons to be responsible for those losses. Sooner or later, Russian military intelligence will start attacking these arms shipments directly at the borders of NATO countries.”
Sanger and Erlanger warn that Russia “never attacked the supply chains in NATO territory. But now there are increasing signs that this restraint is breaking down.”
Meanwhile, the US media is openly and openly calling for nuclear war. Seth Cropsey, Under Secretary of State for the Navy, published a column in the newspaper The Wall Street Journal Titled “The United States Must Prove It Can Win a Nuclear War”.
He wrote: “The reality is that if the United States does not prepare to win a nuclear war, it risks defeat. Robert C. O’Brien, the former White House National Security Adviser, has suggested a number of conventional responses that, while necessary, are not sufficient.”
Cropsey concludes, “The key is the ability to win the war. By arming surface ships with tactical nuclear weapons while simultaneously attacking a nuclear missile submarine, thereby weakening Russia’s second-strike capability, the United States would weaken Russia’s ability to wage nuclear war.”
He further explains:
Endangering Russia’s second-strike capability would greatly increase military risks. Putin will no longer be able to use his nuclear arsenal with impunity, but he will have to deal with NATO’s ability to decapitate the Kremlin – even if it incurs losses in the process.”
The proxy war in Ukraine is emerging more openly as a war between Russia and NATO and threatens to spread to the entire European continent. The United States has systematically sabotaged any prospect of a peaceful resolution of the war and is doing everything in its power to fan the flames and keep the conflict alive.
In this war, the United States is pursuing increasingly open goals that will inevitably lead to an escalation of the conflict. It was not left to the imagination that the United States and NATO would not wage war against Russia. US imperialism risks nuclear war to bring about regime change in Russia, dividing the country and plundering its vast natural resources.