Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, commenting on the statements of US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin: “This is another completely irresponsible statement that we have heard in recent days, and we are hearing irresponsible statements from a number of European capitals, and now also from across the ocean.” “Earlier today, Friday, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin stated that Ukraine’s defeat in the current conflict threatens a military clash between NATO and Russia. Austin said, during a hearing in the US House of Representatives: “Frankly, if Ukraine loses, I think Indeed, NATO will confront Russia face to face.” In recent years, Russia has reported unprecedented NATO activity on its western borders, as NATO expands its initiatives against it. Moscow has repeatedly expressed concern about the buildup of NATO forces in Europe, and the Kremlin has indicated that Russia It does not threaten anyone, but it will not ignore actions that may pose a threat to its interests. Moscow has repeatedly indicated that NATO aims for confrontation, and according to what was confirmed by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, further expansion of the bloc will not bring greater security. For Europe. The Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed that Moscow remains open to dialogue with NATO, but on an equal footing, while the West must abandon the path of militarizing the continent.