RUSSIA has threatened to strike military targets in the UK after Britain supplied arms to Ukraine.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said strikes could be authorized against NATO member states.
She said: Do we understand correctly that in order to disrupt the logistics of military supplies, Russia can strike military targets on the territory of NATO countries that supply weapons to the kyiv regime?
“After all, this leads directly to death and bloodshed on Ukrainian territory. As far as I know, Britain is one of those countries.
It comes after Russia’s foreign minister warned that a nuclear global war is now a “real” danger, as British and NATO weapons are already “legitimate” targets in Ukraine.
In a chilling message, Sergei Lavrov said the risk of World War III is now “considerable” – saying the West is essentially waging a proxy war against Moscow via its support for kyiv.
Lavrov accused NATO forces of “pouring oil on the fire” by “pumping weapons into Ukraine”.
In an interview with Russian news agencies, he said: “This is our key position on which we base everything.
“The risks now are considerable.
“I would not want to artificially increase these risks. Many would like that. The danger is serious, real, and we must not underestimate it.”
And the war hawk said arms deliveries from Britain and other NATO countries ‘would be a legitimate target’ – reiterating what Russian commanders have said previously since the invasion in late February .
Lavrov accused the West of deliberately trying to “wear down the Russian military” and exhausting its ability to wage war – which the minister optimistically said was an “illusion “.
But he asserted that Russia wanted at all costs to prevent a nuclear war.
Western countries have provided Ukraine with aid, weapons and equipment, stopping short of sending troops or imposing a no-fly zone.
Britain has provided anti-tank weapons, anti-aircraft missiles and plans to send Stormer armored vehicles to help them fight against Russia.
But there are fears that doing anything more could trigger an open war with Moscow – which could easily escalate into a nuclear exchange.
And with this danger hanging over the region, the world is on the brink – with international tensions at their highest since the Cold War.
And Lavrov has once again fanned the fires by outright accusing the West of waging a covert conflict against Russia.
He said: “NATO, in essence, is engaged in a war with Russia through a proxy and is arming that proxy. War means war.”
The foreign minister also criticized kyiv’s approach to peace talks with Moscow.
He said, “Goodwill has its limits. But if it’s not reciprocated, it doesn’t help the negotiation process.”
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba described Lavrov’s comments as a sign of Russia’s weakness.
In a statement on Twitter, Kuleba said Russia had lost its “last hope to dissuade the world from supporting Ukraine”.
He added: “It only means that Moscow feels defeat.”
Britain also downplayed Russian warnings.
Armed Services Minister James Heappey told the BBC: “Lavrov’s trademark in the roughly 15 years he was Russian foreign minister has been that kind of bravado.
“I don’t think there is currently an imminent threat of escalation.”
This comes after the United States on Monday approved the potential sale of $165 million worth of munitions to Ukraine.
The Pentagon said the package could include ammunition for howitzers, tanks and grenade launchers.
Moscow’s ambassador to Washington has told the United States to stop deliveries – warning that Western weapons are fueling the conflict.
Moscow has stepped up its accountability to the UK, saying a covert “Psyops” unit operating in Ukraine committed wartime atrocities such as raping a woman and bombing children.
UNITED NATIONS VISIT TO MOSCOW
Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is due to arrive in Moscow today to meet Vladimir Putin and Lavrov – the most high-profile peacekeeping mission since the start of the war.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine left thousands dead or injured, reduced cities to rubble and forced more than five million people to flee.
Russia has yet to capture any of Ukraine’s biggest cities after its forces withdrew from the outskirts of the capital Kyiv in the face of resistance last month.
Putin’s new war aims to focus mainly on the east – and more troops have been sent there for an assault on two provinces.
While focusing on the east and south, Russia has also targeted other parts of Ukraine with missiles and airstrikes.
On Monday, its defense ministry said it destroyed six facilities supplying railways used to deliver foreign weapons to Ukrainian forces.
The Ukrainian military command said that Russia was trying to bomb Ukraine’s railway infrastructure to disrupt arms supplies to foreign countries.
The head of Ukraine’s state-owned railway company said a railway worker was killed and four others injured by Russian missile fire at five stations.
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said last night: “It is evident that every day – and especially today, when the third month of our resistance has begun – everyone in Ukraine cares about peace, about ending all of this.
“There is no simple answer to this at the moment.”