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Zelensky's first strike rhetoric shows that special operation was right decision — Kremlin

Dmitry Peskov stressed that it was "an absolutely blatant statement, which probably indicates the morale of Ukraine’s president"

ST. PETERSBURG, October 7. /TASS/. Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky's rhetoric about what he described as a pre-emptive strike against Russia once again underscores the correctness of Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to launch the special military operation, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on the Rossiya-1 television channel on Friday.

"Of course, we cannot leave this statement unnoticed. We urge the leaders of other states not stay indifferent, too, because from the point of view of symptoms this is a dangerous statement, a very dangerous one," Peskov said in interview to the program Moscow. Kremlin. Putin while answering journalist Pavel Zarubin’s questions.

In fact, the Ukrainian president called upon the leading countries of the world, nuclear club members, to carry out a first strike against Russia, he said.

Peskov stressed that it was "an absolutely blatant statement, which probably indicates the morale of Ukraine’s president."

"It is fraught with very dangerous, irreparable mistakes. Once again it emphasizes the correctness of our president’s decision to conduct a special military operation," Peskov said.

Russia regrets that the West did not call Zelensky to order after such a statement, he remarked.

"There were some timid attempts, let us put it this way, to condemn Zelensky’s tone. We heard this in the UN, and so on. But, to our regret, it never occurred to anyone to call their vassal to order. This is very dangerous," he concluded.

Earlier, Zelensky urged NATO to carry out what he described as preemptive strikes against Russia. The head of the State Duma’s committee on international affairs, Leonid Slutsky, noted that in this way the Ukrainian president was involving Western countries into nuclear rhetoric and pushing the whole world towards disaster. In turn, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov pointed out that Zelensky's statement about a first strike against Russia was a confirmation of the threats emanating from Kiev and of the need for a special military operation.