Editorial: We must do more to promote peace
We are already in the third month of Russia's murderous war against Ukraine that has proved disastrous for the entire world, and there is no end in sight.
On the contrary, the conflict is deepening and is tending to expand dangerously, to the point that one cannot rule out the use of tactical nuclear weapons.
It is indicative that over the last days Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov intimated that there is a prospect that nuclear weapons could be used, and the next day the ministry spokesperson threatened NATO member-states that are arming the Ukrainian Armed Forces, which are defending their country.
Two days later, Russian President Vladimir Putin directly threatened with reprisals those who may seek to intervene in Ukraine.
That was preceded by a United States initiative to convene at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany a meeting of the defence ministers and the chiefs of the armed forces of 40 countries, where American Defence Minister Lloyd Austin declared that the US leadership would keep "moving heaven and earth" to defeat Russia in the unjust war that it launched.
Tensions and threats are multiplying for a number of reasons.
The autonomous Trans-Dniester region of Moldova, which is dependent on Moscow, is being involved in the war, with deep repercussions on the impoverished country.
Declarations by Finland and Sweden that they intend to apply for emergency accession to NATO have greatly irritated Russia, which has further escalated tensions and threats.
China's rhetoric is becoming harsher, suggesting that international tensions have been aggravated, and Moscow's decision to cut off natural gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria is yet another alarming signal.
This confluence of events has intensified...