Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says that if a third World War were to take place, it would involve nuclear weapons and be destructive.
The RIA news agency reported, Lavrov has said that Russia, which launched what it calls a special military operation against Ukraine last week, would face a “real danger” if Kyiv acquired nuclear weapons.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov has said Russia will not allow Ukraine to obtain nuclear weapons.
Meanwhile, Russia officials are ready to hold a second round of talks with Ukraine later today but it is unclear whether Ukrainian officials will turn up.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said there was contradictory information about the talks, which would follow a meeting at the Belarusian border on Monday that failed to produce a breakthrough.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy yesterday said that Russia must stop bombing Ukrainian cities before more talks could take place on Russia’s invasion of his country.
Russia launched an invasion of Ukraine last week in what it called a special operation to demilitarise and “denazify” the country, a justification dismissed by Kyiv and the West as propaganda.
Russia’s Defense Ministry today said that its forces had captured Kherson, a Ukrainian port.
The government in Kyiv hasn’t confirmed the information, but said overnight that troops were moving toward the city.
US President Joe Biden used his first State of the Union address to label Vladimir Putin a “dictator,” and said the Russian president would pay a high price for his invasion of Ukraine.
Biden also spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy about the escalation of attacks.
Meanwhile, Oil surged above $110 a barrel as traders started boycotting Russian crude even without sanctions on energy.
European natural gas hit a new record — rising as much as 60% — raising once again the prospect of industrial blackouts in the region.
And food prices are set to soar as wheat and corn storm higher on disruptions.