Germany warns of escalation between Russia and NATO — RT World News
The West must do its best to prevent an escalation between Russia and NATO, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Saturday, while stressing the need to continue supplying arms to Ukraine to fight the Russia.
Speaking at a Social Democratic Party conference in the southern German city of Friedrichshafen, Scholz admitted that many European citizens “are afraid and have reasons for it.” While stressing the importance of supporting Ukraine militarily, he noted that Western countries should “fear that there is no escalation that could lead to a war between Russia and NATO.”
“It is important to act both cautiously and with determination,” he added.
Scholz’s comments come after last month he warned against taking “not negligent” in the midst of the Ukrainian conflict. “There should be no direct conflict between Russia and NATO,” he pointed out at the time.
While relations between the West and Russia have already reached new lows after Moscow launched its military operation in Ukraine, fears of a direct confrontation between Russia and NATO have recently been triggered by the landing of a missile in a Polish village near the Ukrainian border.
Shortly after the incident, the Polish Foreign Ministry claimed that the projectile was “Made in Russia”. Later, the country’s authorities signaled that they could invoke Article 4 of the NATO treaty, which allows any member of the bloc to seek consultations if they believe their security is at risk.
After the explosion, Zelensky blamed Russia, calling the incident “a very serious escalation” and an attack on NATO that demanded a response. Ultimately, however, Western officials admitted the missile was of Ukrainian, not Russian, origin.
The Russian Defense Ministry has denied any involvement in the incident, saying its military experts analyzed photos from the scene and identified the debris as part of an S-300 air defense system missile used by the Ukraine.
Germany, along with many other Western countries, has supplied Ukraine with military equipment, including Gepard anti-aircraft guns, MARS II multiple rocket launchers and the IRIS-T air defense system. Moscow has repeatedly warned that arms deliveries will only prolong the conflict in Ukraine.