Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, one of President Vladimir Putin's closest allies, said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's comments suggesting that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization should launch preventive strikes on Moscow confirmed that Kremlin's decision to invade Ukraine was justified.
What Happened: By launching a military operation to neutralize the Kyiv regime, he essentially presented the world with more evidence of the threats posed by the regime, Lavrov said.
This comes after Zelenskyy said he believed that NATO's strikes were necessary to preclude any use of nuclear weapons, without sharing more details in a discussion with an Australian think-tank on Thursday.
Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, also denounced the Ukrainian president's comments as an appeal to start another world war with unpredictable, monstrous consequences. Kyiv clarified that when Zelenskyy said preventive strikes were necessary, he was referring to imposing sanctions on Russia that were necessary to preclude any use of nuclear weapons.
Colleagues, you have gone a little too far with your nuclear hysteria and now you hear nuclear strikes even where there are none, Zelenskyy's spokesperson Serhii Nykyforov wrote on Facebook.
Nykyforov wrote that Zelenskyy spoke about the period until February 24. It was the day when Putin announced the invasion of Ukraine.
He added that it was necessary to apply preventive measures to stop Russia from starting the war. The only measures that were about then were preventive sanctions, Nykyforov said.