The former president of Russia today threatened to target The Hague with nuclear-capable hypersonic missiles after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin for war crimes in Ukraine.
A rant Dmitry Medvedev warned ICC judges to “watch the sky carefully” as he threatened to launch the Onyx hypersonic anti-ship missile from a Russian ship in court.
His warning came after the ICC on Friday called for Putin’s arrest and accused the Russian despot of committing war crimes by kidnapping Ukrainian children from their homes and deporting them to Russia to give them to Russian families.
Medvedev warned that the ICC decision would have “monstrous” consequences for international warfare, as he said he would target the court with nuclear-capable hypersonic missiles.
‘Everyone walks under God and missiles. One can well imagine the direct use of a hypersonic North Sea Onyx by a Russian ship in the courthouse in The Hague,” warned Medvedev, vice president of the Russian Security Council.
A rant Dmitry Medvedev warned ICC judges to ‘watch the sky carefully’ as he threatened to unleash the hypersonic Onyx anti-ship missile from a Russian ship in court.
Russia’s Security Council Deputy Head Dmitry Medvedev, second right, and Deputy Defense Minister and State Secretary Nikolai Pankov, second left, visit a military enlistment office during their visit to the Leningrad region, in Russia on Thursday.
The Ukrainian military fires an artillery called a 2S7 Pion howitzer cannon targeting Russian positions on the front line near Bakhmut in Chasiv Yar, Ukraine, on March 17.
He continued: ‘It can’t be shot down, unfortunately. And the court is just a wretched international organization, not the population of a NATO country.
‘So they don’t start a war either. (The judges) are afraid. And no one will regret it. So, citizen judges, look carefully at the sky.’
Medvedev also warned that the ICC’s decision to issue an arrest warrant for Putin would have dire consequences for international law.
‘They decided to try a president of a nuclear power that does not participate in the ICC for the same reasons as the United States and other countries.
“The consequences for international law will be monstrous.”
Medvedev had previously compared Putin’s arrest warrant to toilet paper.
‘The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin. No need to explain WHERE this paper should be used,” Medvedev wrote on Twitter, adding a toilet paper emoji.
Medvedev, once seen as a Kremlin liberal but now a bullying hardliner, was president from 2008 to 2012, and served two separate terms as Russian prime minister.
His threat to launch a series of nuclear-capable hypersonic missiles at The Hague came after Putin’s favorite television propagandist Vladimir Solovyov called for a nuclear strike against any Western country seeking to implement the dictator’s arrest.
Solovyov called for a Satan-2 intercontinental ballistic missile to be launched in German Justice Minister Marco Buschmann after he said Putin could be arrested if he set foot in Germany.
He asked: ‘Do you want to wake up a Russian bear? You will wake him… He will tear your sweet flesh to pieces.’
He stressed that the US, China and India, like Russia, do not recognize the jurisdiction of the court.
“Just so you know, any attempt to implement (the arrest warrant against Vladimir Putin) is a declaration of war and an immediate, immediate nuclear strike against the country,” he told viewers in all 11 Russian time zones.
‘Any attempt to go against the will of the Russian people… must be an attack.
‘And that idiot (German) Minister of Justice (Marco Buschmann) should meet the Sarmat (Satan-2 hypersonic missile)…
‘If we have to put troops in the Netherlands for this purpose, then we have to put troops in the Netherlands. And I don’t care if it’s a NATO country.
Solovyov called for a Satan-2 ICBM (pictured during a test launch in April 2022) to be launched at German Justice Minister Marco Buschmann’s ‘scumbag’ after he said Putin could be arrested if set foot in Germany.
Solovyov asked the West: ‘Do you want to wake up a Russian bear? You will wake him up. You will wake him up.
Margarita Simonyan, head of the RT propaganda network, said: “As we know, he wakes up in the spring anyway.”
Solovyov said: ‘And he is hungry in the spring. It will tear your sweet flesh to pieces. There will be no negotiations with you, ever. Until you are destroyed. Until you moan asking for forgiveness.
Loyalist MP and reservist Lieutenant General Andrey Gurulev told the state TV channel Rossiya 1: “It is time to decide whether to step to the right or to the left, and you (the West) will receive a nuclear attack on your heads.”
‘We shouldn’t be afraid of that. It was not our president (Putin) who was indicted in this criminal case (by the ICC).
“It was for all the Russian people, who support our president… All the Russian people were outlawed.”
ICC President Piotr Hofmanski admitted that while the court’s judges have issued the arrest warrants, it will be up to the international community to enforce them. The court does not have its own police force to enforce the orders.
‘The ICC is doing its part of the job as a court of law. Judges issued arrest warrants. Execution depends on international cooperation,’ Hofmanski said.
A possible trial of Russians at the ICC remains a long way off as Moscow does not recognize the court’s jurisdiction and does not extradite its citizens, a position reaffirmed on Friday by Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova in a first reaction to arrest warrants.
“The decisions of the International Criminal Court have no meaning for our country, even from a legal point of view,” he said.