The world must do everything possible to prevent the use of nuclear weapons by Russia. In particular, the UN General Assembly must adopt a resolution saying that a Russian nuclear attack on Ukraine would be regarded as a declaration of war on humanity.
This was stated in a comment to Guildhall by former Commander of the Estonian Defense Forces, MEP, Lieutenant General Riho Terras.
“The use of nuclear weapons will yield no desired results to Russia, so I don’t believe that they will strike. At the same time, I am convinced that we must do everything to ensure that this doesn’t happen,” the politician said.
“That is why I support the initiative that the UN General Assembly should adopt a resolution that the use of nuclear weapons by Russia against Ukraine will be accepted as a declaration of war on all mankind,” the MEP believes.
“As for intentions to use nuclear weapons and statements in this regard, yes, I think that this is already enough to exclude Russia from the UN Security Council. At the same time, the position of China is important on the issue, but an attempt by the Russians to use nuclear weapons can change their position,” Riho Terras concluded.
Ex-Minister of Defense of Lithuania, MEP Rasa Juknevičienė, shares the idea that Russia’s use of nuclear weapons would mean they’re at war with the whole world.
“If the Russians reach the point of using nuclear weapons, it doesn’t matter if it is London, Paris, Berlin or one of the cities of Ukraine, it will be considered a war against the whole world, against the entire planet,” the former Lithuanian Defense Minister said.
“These threats are not new to us, the Russian regime has been practicing such intimidation since 2009. Today, in the face of the heroic resistance of Ukraine and the failure of the Russians on the battlefield, they look like a cornered rat, hence such statements. The main thing for us is not to get intimidated,” said Rasa Juknevičienė
When asked whether confirmation of the intentions of Russian officials to use nuclear weapons is enough to expel Russia from the UN Security Council, the MEP answered in the affirmative.
"Certainly. At the same time, the procedure that developed after World War 2 makes it difficult to do this because of Russia’s veto power. Today we are discussing the issue of creating an alternative structure to ensure global security. The UN has good initiatives in other areas, in particular in humanitarian terms, but the UN just doesn’t work on security issues,” Rasa Juknevičienė said.
“We must help Ukraine even more, unite, and close Russia to “stew in its own juice”: they are like the USSR, they have no future,” the politician summed up.
Also, the head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Latvian Parliament, Atis Lejiņš, supported the initiative on the need for the said UN resolution to be adopted.
“I support the voiced initiative that the UN General Assembly should adopt an appropriate resolution – if the Russian Federation uses nuclear weapons, this will be regarded as a declaration of war on humanity,” the politician said.
“At the same time, we must see the text of the resolution itself. It must be elaborately drafted, it must be innovative. But the essence of the initiative is very correct,” said Atis Lejiņš.
As reported earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov indirectly suggested that Russia could use nuclear weapons against Ukraine.
Also earlier, President Volodymyr Zelensky warned that the world should prepare for a nuclear strike by the aggressor power.
On the air of the Russia 1 TV channel, Russian propagandist Olga Skabeeva and MP Alexei Zhuravlev discussed how many seconds it would take for the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile to reach the capitals of Great Britain, Germany, and France – the nations supplying weapons to Ukraine.
Earlier, the head of the Center for Defense Reforms, coordinator of the interagency platform for countering hybrid threats, which operates within the framework of Ukraine-NATO cooperation, Oleksandr Danyliuk also stated that, in response to confirmation of intentions to use nuclear weapons against Ukraine, Russia should be excluded from the UN Security Council, and the UN General Assembly should immediately adopt a resolution that such a step on the part of the Russian Federation would be a declaration of war on humanity.