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On NATO Weapons vs Russia, Cardinal Parolin Warns of ‘Escalation That No One Will Be Able To Control Any Longer’

Cardinal Parolin. Credit: CC/Claude Truong-Ngoc

According to a May 31 report on Vatican News, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin warned that NATO arms in Russia will lead to “uncontrollable escalation.” At a book presentation on Vatican banking in Milan, on May 30, answering media questions, he expressed the Holy See’s concerns over a further escalation of the war between Russia and Ukraine. He also confirmed the continuation of humanitarian and diplomatic efforts, especially to free Ukrainian children unlawfully held in Russia.

Cardinal Parolin “cautioned against authorizing the use of NATO-supplied weapons by Ukraine in Russian territory, warning that it would unleash an ‘uncontrollable escalation’ of the conflict. ‘It is a truly disturbing prospect,’” he said.

The article proceeds by listing the various statements intended to justify striking targets in Russian territory:

“The use of the weapons provided by Ukraine’s Western allies to strike targets inside Russia has become a hot-button issue among NATO members especially since the new offensive launched by Russia in the Kharkiv region, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urging them to abandon the position some of them have held throughout Russia’s 27-month-old full-scale invasion.

“In recent days NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has called on members of the alliance to lift the restrictions to allow Kyiv to strike ‘legitimate military targets’ inside Russia.

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