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Pentagon’s statements about Russia-NATO direct clash insane — diplomat

According to Maria Zakharova, "everyone can see who the aggressor is - it is Washington"

MOSCOW, February 29. /TASS/. US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s remarks about a direct military conflict between Russia and NATO in case of Ukraine’s defeat are insane, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

"Is this an overt threat to Russia or an attempt to cook up an excuse for [Ukrainian President Vladimir] Zelensky? Both are insane. However, everyone can see who the aggressor is - it is Washington," the diplomat wrote on her Telegram channel.

Earlier, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said during a hearing at the House Armed Services Committee dedicated to his hospitalization in January that if Ukraine falls, Russia and NATO could come into a direct military conflict.