The Russian military is ready for a potentially massive conflict with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, according to a Russian general and member of the country’s legislature on Friday.
During a panel discussion on the state-run Russia 1 channel, “Evening with Vladimir Solovyev” host Vladimir Solovyev asked the panel to assess why Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine had elicited so much support for the Ukrainian government from the countries in the western NATO alliance. During the discussion, Russian Army Major General Andrei Gurulyov said Russia is preparing for everything, including “a big colossal war” with NATO, should the current conflict in Ukraine escalate.
“Let’s look at current military operations,” Gurulyov began his remarks before describing the support NATO has provided to Ukraine’s government thus far.
“They thought they could stop us with Soviet arms, but they couldn’t stop us,” Gurulyov said. He also said NATO had thought the fighting in Ukraine might die down after Russian forces backed away from the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, but the conflict has only continued.
Gurulyov said NATO “made their move. Now it’s our turn. How will we respond to these challenges? We should respond the same way.”
Gurulyov then said, “all modern means should be provided to our armed forces.”
“Are we ready?” Gurulyov added. “We’re ready.”
Earlier during the panel discussion, commentator Alexander Sosnovsky said western nations had been preparing for a wider conflict with Russia all along and described NATO’s current actions as “egging on the entire world against Russia.”
Sosnovsky also described “NATO’s involvement in a nuclear arms race” which he said could lead to a “potential nuclear conflict.”