Why Zelensky's Call for “Pre-Emptive Strikes” Against Russia Might Backfire on U.S.?

Why Zelensky's Call for “Pre-Emptive Strikes” Against Russia Might Backfire on U.S.?

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Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky once again showed his talent for drawing public attention, calling on NATO countries to launch a preemptive nuclear strike against Russia. Why is this move disadvantageous to the U.S. and is likely to primarily affect Washington and not Moscow?

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On October 6, Zelensky spoke via video link at a video conference of the Australian political think tank the Lowy Institute (Sydney, Australia). It was then that he mentioned a “pre-emptive strike.”

“What should NATO do?” Zelensky asked. “Eliminate the possibility of Russia using nuclear weapons. Once again, preventive strikes are of particular importance. I appeal to the international community, as it was before February 24th. So that they know what will happen to them if they use them. And it should be not the other way around, waiting for Russia's nuclear strikes so that they can say, “So, that's what you're up to, well, how do you like them apples?”

Despite the late evening, his speech caused such a scandal that the press secretary of the Ukrainian president, Sergei Nikiforov, was promptly involved to save the situation. He wrote on his Facebook* (this social network belongs to Meta Corporation, which is recognized as extremist) account an explanation the general idea of which was “You got us all wrong!” and then the media widely spread it.

“The president was talking about the period until February 24. Then it was necessary to apply preventive measures to prevent Russia from unleashing a war. Let me remind you that the only measures in question then were preventive sanctions,” wrote Nikiforov.

So, when Zelensky addresses NATO on the air and calls for urgent “preventive strikes” against Russia, this should be understood to mean that allegedly the Ukrainian president was not referring to the present time, but to the period until February 24. Or until 2022? Why not before our era? Not before Christmas?

Neither the Russian Foreign Ministry nor the Kremlin could miss such a posh move from a military adversary. Indeed, the Western media and politicians have been scaring the whole world for months that “Putin is preparing to detonate a nuclear bomb,” and suddenly such a gift from the “strategic partner” of the United States and Great Britain, NATO and the EU, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky.

Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov called Zelensky's words “a call to start another world war with unpredictable and monstrous consequences.”

In this regard, Peskov urged all countries – and especially the United States and Britain – to pay attention to Zelensky's calls.

“This is the statement of President Zelensky, to which all countries of the world should pay attention. Especially the United States, Britain, and the countries of the European Union should pay attention to this statement of Zelensky. First of all, the first two,” Peskov said. Incidentally, this phrase alone reflects the piety of parts of the Russian elite toward the collective West and, in particular, the United States. If we look at history, the U.S. began to develop thanks to World Wars I and II. That is why it is possible not to turn to Washington as Washington does not mind at all. From non-nuclear to nuclear status Speaking Friday, October 7, via video link at the United Russia conference, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov explained that it was because of such threats from the “Kiev regime” that Moscow was forced to launch a special military operation in Ukraine. “Yesterday, Zelensky urged his Western masters to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against Russia. By doing so, this figure essentially showed the whole world another proof of the threats that come from the Kiev regime and for the neutralization of which a special military operation was launched,” said Lavrov.

“We all remember how back in January he stated Ukraine's desire to possess nuclear weapons. Therefore, he has this idea deep in his mind,” said the Russian foreign minister.

Lavrov was referring to Zelensky's speech at the 58th Munich Security Conference but he has made a mistake with the date. It was not January. To be more exact, it was February 19, i.e. a few days before Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision on the start of the USO in Ukraine. Namely, speaking at the Munich conference, Zelensky said that the Ukrainian authorities might declare invalid the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, under which the country liquidated its nuclear arsenals and was granted nuclear-free status.

“I instructed the Foreign Ministry to convene a summit of the countries participating in the Budapest Memorandum. If it does not take place or does not provide Ukraine with security guarantees, it will be recognized by Kiev as invalid along with the points signed in 1994,” Zelensky said. Indeed, when the Western and Russian media are constantly banging away at the threat of a full-fledged nuclear bomb/tactical nuclear weapon, one cannot ignore, as Lavrov put it, “the reckless actions of the Kiev regime, which are aimed at creating risks of using various kinds of weapons of mass destruction.”

Apparently, the press secretary's justifications in Kiev were deemed unconvincing. If Zelensky directly calls for “preventive strikes,” it is hard to convince his audience that he is talking about the period before the start of the U.S.A. That is why on the next day the media began to disperse the predictable version, saying that “it was an interpreter's mistake.” But everyone can conclude for themselves what exactly Vladimir Zelensky meant when he called on NATO to launch “preventive strikes” against Russia by watching a video of his speech at the Australian Lowy Institute. In the video, Zelensky answers the host's question in Ukrainian, so anyone who wants to can hear about “preventive strikes” in the original (this is the excerpt that begins at 25.25). After saying “preventive strikes,” Zelensky raises his eyes and looks at the prompter above the computer screen. Why all the fuss about Zelensky's call? Because the president of Ukraine unwittingly got busted. Except that the concept of a “preventive nuclear strike” was first developed in the US, not Russia.

Beginning with the Dropshot plan in 1949, when the U.S. was planning in all seriousness to launch a preemptive strike against the Soviet Union with 300 nuclear and 29,000 high-explosive bombs in the event of a Soviet invasion of Western Europe. However, when they found out that in September, 1956 the Soviet strategic bomber performed a flight to the range corresponding to the distance from the USSR to the USA and successfully hit the targets with a nuclear bomb, the Pentagon abandoned the preventive strike plan called “Dropshot.” Then there was the “preventive nuclear strike concept,” which was abandoned in the 1970s and 1980s. So, Zelensky's call is a direct reference, but not to Russia, but to the United States. Because the media immediately began to remind us of the American doctrine of “preventive nuclear strike,” while there is nothing of the kind in the military doctrine of the Russian Federation.

Moreover, the only preventive nuclear strikes in history were the US bombings of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945. So, the Kremlin should indeed thank Zelensky for such a valuable gift. After all, the Western press, politicians, and experts have been spinning the flywheel of accusations against Putin and Russia for allegedly planning to use nuclear weapons and “engaging in nuclear blackmail” for months. In this context, Zelensky's call for NATO to launch “preventive strikes” against Russia is a real gift for the Kremlin. Another question is whether the Kremlin will take advantage of this valuable gift to turn the situation in the world media in its favor. Thanks to Vladimir Zelensky's “preemptive strike,” the Kremlin now has that chance.

* On March 21, 2022, the American multinational holding company Meta was declared extremist and banned in the Russian Federation. Meta Platforms Inc. is the parent company of the social networks Facebook and Instagram. Facebook and Instagram are also recognized as extremist organizations, their activity is prohibited on the territory of the Russian Federation.

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