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Russia Ready for Direct Confrontation With All of NATO, State TV Host Says

A Russian state television host warned that the country is ready to confront NATO as tensions between Moscow and the West continue to escalate over the war in Ukraine.

Speaking on the state-controlled television Channel 1 on Sunday, television host Vladimir Solovyov said that Russia was only using 18 percent of its army in Ukraine and its military was fighting at “a peacetime” size so it was ready for “a direct confrontation” with the international military alliance if necessary.

Andrey Gurulyov, State Duma deputy and former deputy commander of Russia’s southern military district, who was also speaking on the show, boasted that Russia’s nuclear capability meant it can “liquidate all means of an attack that threaten the territory of Russia.”

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