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MOSCOW (LifeSiteNews) — Russia’s foreign minister has warned that a third world war would be “nuclear and destructive.” 

RIA, a Russian state-owned news agency, reported that Sergei Lavrov made the comment during an interview with Al Jazeera.  

This comes after Lavrov told a Geneva disarmament conference on Tuesday that Russia would not allow Ukraine to obtain nuclear weapons.  

“Ukraine still has Soviet technologies and the means of delivery of such weapons,” he said. 

“We cannot fail to respond to this real danger.” 

During his speech, the Russian minister also accused the Ukrainian government of carrying out an aggressive policy of de-Russification and forced assimilation against the Russian minority in Ukraine, which he compared to policies of Nazi Germany.  

According to RIA, Lavrov’s speech had to be delivered virtually, as he was unable to travel to Geneva in person due to the closure of EU airspace to Russian planes. This is one of the many sanctions currently imposed on Russia by the international community. 

More than a hundred Western diplomats present at the conference walked out of the hall in a show of opposition to Russia just as Lavrov began his speech. 

Some of the diplomats stood outside the conference hall holding a Ukrainian flag in support of the war-torn country.  

Yevhenia Filipenko, Ukraine’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva, said that the UN “has to take a very strong stance in defence of its own principles and the UN charter.” 

As tensions escalate between Russia and the West over the war in Ukraine, fears of a nuclear third world war have grown following Lavrov’s comment. 

They were first rekindled after President Putin warned that “whoever would try to stop [Russia]” should expect an immediate response which would lead to “such consequences as you have never seen in history.” 

 Pope Francis left the Vatican to visit the Russian Embassy to the Holy See in person last week, to express his concern over the war in Ukraine and has invited the faithful to make March 2, Ash Wednesday, a Day of Fasting for Peace. 

 “I encourage believers in a special way to dedicate themselves intensely to prayer and fasting on that day. May the Queen of Peace preserve the world from the madness of war,” the Pope said.  

The Roman Catholic Bishops of Ukraine have also urged Pope Francis to consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, “as requested by the Blessed Virgin in Fatima,” in the hope that this will bring an end to the conflict.