The head of the Pentagon said that no one wants a conflict between NATO and Russia

According to Lloyd Austin, Moscow does not want such a clash either. If Russia nevertheless decides to attack any of the NATO members, this will “change everything,” the Pentagon chief warned

Lloyd Austin

If Russia decides to attack one of the countries— members of NATO, this will “dramatically change everything,” no one would want such a development of events, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said at a congressional hearing. A fragment of his speech is published by Newsweek.

“But <…> my point of view <…> is that Russia does not want to fight NATO, — said the Pentagon chief. He explained his assumption by the military power of the alliance: NATO has 1.9 million soldiers “the most advanced capabilities <…> in the field of aviation, ships, types of weapons. “This is not the kind of battle he [Putin] wanted,” — Austin says.

According to the head of the Pentagon, the clash between Russia and the alliance “will quickly develop into another kind of struggle, and no one wants to see it.”

Austin stressed at the hearing that Russia “remains a strong threat requiring close and ongoing coordination within NATO to prevent further aggression in Europe.” Moscow's nuclear arsenal poses significant problems for the United States, he said.

After the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, the authorities of the United States and other countries of the North Atlantic Alliance emphasized that they did not want war with Russia. In March, the administration of US President Joe Biden stated that he was striving to avoid conflict with Russia at all costs and was determined to resolve issues diplomatically. A similar position was expressed by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Moscow sees Western support for Kyiv as a threat and attempts to drag out hostilities in Ukraine, in particular, they criticize the supply of foreign weapons to Ukraine. On May 12, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said that “inflating Ukraine” Western weapons, “sending mercenaries” and other NATO actions increase the likelihood of a direct conflict between Russia and the alliance. “Such a conflict always has the risk of turning into a full-fledged nuclear war,” — he warned.

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