“It would be the start of World War III”

Ukraine wants international guarantees for its security after the war. Moscow reacted angrily and with a new threat: such guarantees would be “the beginning of World War III”, said former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

According to Ukraine’s vision of the peace order after the war, the Ukrainian army should be equipped and trained to be able to repel another Russian attack at any time. A group of countries, including Germany, should give Ukraine political and legal guarantees for its security, says the new concept. The document was presented on Tuesday in Kyiv by the head of the presidential service of Ukraine Andriy Yermak and former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, it says “Mother well“.

Among the countries that can give Ukraine the guarantees in question are the USA, Great Britain, Canada, Poland, Italy, Germany, France, Australia, Turkey, as well as several Northern European countries plus the Baltic republics. It is expressly stated that these guarantees do not in any way change the issue of Ukraine’s membership in NATO, which will remain a candidate for joining the Alliance.

Moscow: “The ground will burn under your feet”

Former Russian President and current Deputy Secretary of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev responded by issuing new threats. In Telegram, he wrote that such guarantees would set “the beginning of the Third World War”. He compared them to the commitment to common defense contained in Article Five of the NATO treaty. If Western countries try to weaken Russia in this way, then “the ground under their feet will burn and the concrete will melt,” threatened Medvedev.

The issue of international guarantees for Ukraine was relevant at the beginning of the war, which has been going on for more than 6 months, when the two sides were negotiating a truce. Then there were signals that Kyiv might agree to a neutral status for the country and a refusal to join NATO. At the end of August, Deputy Prime Minister Olga Stefanishyna, who is also responsible for the country’s integration into NATO, said that Kyiv was only seeking direct membership without a prior accession plan.

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