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Russia warns Britain that actions could see ‘proportional response’

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Kremlin officials have sent a direct threat to Britain, demanding Downing Street stops "provoking" Ukraine into striking targets in Russia.

The sensational claims came from the Russian Defence Ministry, who said that if the UK doesn't stop then it will lead "immediately lead to our proportional response."

The Russian demands come after Britain's armed forces minister James Heappey told BBC radio that it was entirely legitimate for Ukraine to hunt targets in Russia, to disrupt logistics and supply lines.

"We would like to underline that London's direct provocation of the Kyiv regime into such actions, if such actions are carried out, will immediately lead to our proportional response," Russia's defence ministry said in response.

"As we have warned, the Russian Armed Forces are in round-the-clock readiness to launch retaliatory strikes with high-precision long-range weapons at decision-making centers in Kyiv."

The ministry added that if such strikes were made it would not necessarily be a problem if representatives of a certain Western country were located at Ukraine's decision making centres, Reuters reported.

The Kremlin asserts that the Western alliance with Ukraine is engaged in a proxy war with Russia.

Earlier today (April 26), Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov spoke about the possible use of nuclear weapons in the Ukraine-Russia conflict.

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However, Mr Heappey dismissed his comments as "bravado."

"Lavrov's trademark over the course of 15 years or so that he has been the Russian foreign secretary has been that sort of bravado. I don't think that right now there is an imminent threat of escalation," Mr Heappey said.

"What the West is doing to support its allies in Ukraine is very well calibrated."

Asked about the possibility of Russia using a tactical nuclear weapon, Mr Heappey said he thought there was a "vanishingly small" possibility of that sort of escalation.

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Mr Heappey said that while NATO had been reinforcing its eastern flank, it was not providing military aid.

"That has not been a NATO endeavour, that is a community of donor nations who are all making bilateral contributions to the Ukrainians and that donor community extends well beyond the borders of NATO," he told BBC Radio.

"It suits the Kremlin's narrative to claim that they are somehow in a confrontation with NATO. They were saying that before the war even began, but that is nonsense and Lavrov knows it."

  • Russia Ukraine war
  • Ukraine
  • Russia
  • Vladimir Putin

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