Deripaska recalled the danger of nuclear war and urged to “grow up”
Deripaska recalled that Academician Andrei Sakharov called any nuclear war “collective suicide” and called his work relevant
Any nuclear war— this is “clearly not an option,” businessman Oleg Deripaska wrote in his Telegram channel.
He recalled that May 21 marked the 101st anniversary of the birth of the Soviet physicist, one of the creators of the hydrogen bomb and human rights activist Andrei Sakharov. “But today his work entitled “The Danger of Thermonuclear War” becomes relevant again. This man, like no one else, understood the true consequences of the use of nuclear weapons and the senselessness of the arms race. He consistently spoke with one principled position: for peace, — wrote Deripaska.
The businessman also recalled that the day before May 21, a lecture dedicated to the 101st birthday of the Nobel Peace Prize winner was canceled at Moscow State University. “Collective suicide”, as Sakharov called any nuclear war, — this is clearly not an option. It's time for humanity to grow up. At least for the 101st anniversary of Andrei Dmitrievich,— the businessman added.
Western and Russian media have recently begun to write about the risks of nuclear war, as well as public figures and politicians of both Russia and countries of the West. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in turn, stated that the risks of nuclear war are “very significant”, this danger cannot be underestimated, but Russia proceeds from the thesis that such a development of events is unacceptable. The White House agreed that there can be no winners in a nuclear war. US administration spokeswoman Jen Psaki stressed that what is happening in Ukraine cannot be considered an indirect conflict between Russia and NATO.
In mid-May, Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin called the Russian nuclear arsenal a significant problem. “Russia remains a strong threat requiring close and ongoing coordination within NATO to prevent further aggression in Europe,” he said.
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