Oct 13 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s entry into NATO could trigger a third world war, Russia’s Federal Security Council Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Venediktov told TASS state news agency on Thursday.
“Kyiv is well aware that such a step would mean a sure escalation into World War III,” Tass news agency quoted Venediktov as saying.
“Obviously, that’s what they’re counting on – to make information noise and bring attention to themselves again.”
Venediktov also reiterated Russia’s position that by helping Ukraine, the West showed that “they are a direct party to the conflict”.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy unexpectedly announced fast-track accession to the NATO military alliance in late September after President Vladimir Putin held a ceremony in Moscow to announce four Part of the occupied area is lands annexed by Russia.read more
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Reporting by Lidia Kelly in Melbourne; Editing by Robert Bursell
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