China's foreign ministry said Tuesday that "no one wants to see a third world war break out," following Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's comments that the risk of nuclear war was a real danger.
In an interview aired on Russian television on Monday, Lavrov was asked about the risks of a third world war in comparison to the Cuban missile crisis in 1962. Lavrov said nuclear deterrence is Russia’s "principled position," but the danger is "serious and cannot be underestimated."
"I wouldn’t want these risks to be artificially inflated now," Lavrov said, "but the danger is serious, it is real, it cannot be underestimated."
"No one wants to see a third world war break out," Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin told reporters in a briefing Tuesday.
Wang reiterated China's hope for parties to "keep calm and exercise restraint," and to "realize peace as soon as possible and avoid inflicting a heavier price on Europe and the world."
"We should reflect on how the vortex of geopolitical conflicts has risen again in Europe, more than 30 years after the end of the Cold War," Wang said.