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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks at a news conference in Moscow on December 23.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks at a news conference in Moscow on December 23. (Evgenia Novozhenina/Pool/Reuters)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that the West must show restraint in nuclear questions, in an interview with TASS news agency on Tuesday. 

“We continue to call on the West to exercise maximum restraint in this extremely sensitive area. In order to minimize nuclear risks, it is important in practice to remain committed to the postulate of the inadmissibility of nuclear war, confirmed by the countries of the nuclear ‘five’ in a joint statement dated January 3, 2022,” he told TASS. 

“In accordance with the logic set out in the document any military confrontation between the nuclear powers must be prevented, as it is fraught with catastrophe,” Russia’s top diplomat said.

“In particular, it emphasizes that Russia stands for the formation of a renewed, more stable architecture of international security based on ensuring predictability and global strategic stability, as well as observing the principles of equality, indivisible security and mutual consideration of the interests of the parties,” Lavrov concluded.

In the same interview, Lavrov said significant ideas from Washington regarding full-fledged diplomatic contacts between Russia and the US have not been received. 

“Now it is difficult to say something about the implementation of full-fledged bilateral contacts through the foreign ministries,” he said. 

“There were no significant ideas from the Americans on this issue,” Lavrov told TASS. 

“We, at various levels, including the highest, have repeatedly stressed that we are not shying away from a constructive dialogue,” the minister said.

Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin floated the possibility that Russia may formally change its military doctrine of not being the first to use nuclear weapons in a conflict, days after he warned of the “increasing” threat of nuclear war.

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