A close aide to Vladimir Putin and former president today warned the West that Russia is capable of starting a nuclear war by accident.
Dmitry Medvedev, now deputy head of Putin’s security council, told “helpless” Western leaders that they are miscalculating the risk of nuclear war as both a deliberate decision by Putin and a terrifying accident.
“This same clock, which is ticking in a certain direction, has now greatly accelerated,” Medvedev warned, pointing out the “clear threat to all of humanity.” “And in this I also see the inability, sorry, the impotence of these Western authorities.”
‘[They] They keep saying the same thing: “No, it’s the Russians who are scaring us, they never will.” You are wrong.’
It comes just days after the former president threatened that Russia could nuke the United Kingdom, the United States, Ukraine and their supporters if Russia is forced to give up occupied territories.
‘Attempts to restore Russia’s 1991 borders will lead to only one thing: a global war with Western countries with the use of our entire strategic (nuclear) arsenal against kyiv, Berlin, London and Washington.
“And against all the other beautiful historical sites that have long been included among the flight targets of our nuclear triad,” he said Sunday, referring to Russia’s range of nuclear weapons.
Medvedev reaffirmed threats that Russia would be willing to resort to nuclear war if necessary.
“They are wrong,” Medvedev said in today’s speech, rejecting accusations of empty threats.
The former president has repeated threats warning that Russia could use nuclear weapons if cornered.
One of Russia’s most aggressive pro-war commentators, his critics say Medvedev’s threats are empty.
But recent rhetoric has underscored how willing Russia might be to use nuclear weapons if cornered and faced with the loss of occupied territories.
‘As sad as it may seem, this [nuclear war] “The scenario is real,” Putin’s outspoken lackey said in his most recent speech. “We must do everything we can to prevent this from happening.”
“If this is about the existence of our country, and I said this recently, what choice does the [Russian] leadership, for the head of state?’ continuous.
And he added, unequivocally: “Unfortunately, this is a real threat, a direct and clear threat to all of humanity.”
‘And secondly, there are also accidents, from which no one is immune. And the accidental and involuntary start of a nuclear conflict cannot be ruled out.
“So all these games around Ukraine are extremely dangerous.”
Over the weekend, the former president, who served from 2008 to 2012, suggested that London and other Western capitals could be destroyed if Russia loses the war.
He asked rhetorically: ‘Will we have the courage to do this if the disappearance of a thousand-year-old country, our great Homeland, is at stake, and the sacrifices made by the people of Russia over the centuries will be in vain? The answer is obvious.’
He suggested at the time that kyiv and the West should allow Putin to have parts of Ukraine that he considers Russia.
In his speech today, Medvedev stated that the Kremlin still aims to seize the Ukrainian capital, kyiv, but that it may be at a later stage of the conflict.
‘Where to stop? I don’t know. I think that, taking into account what I said, we will still have to work hard and seriously.
‘Will it be kyiv? Yes, it should probably be kyiv.
‘If not now, then in some time, perhaps in some other phase of the development of this conflict.
‘For two reasons: kyiv is a Russian city and from there there is a threat to the existence of the Russian Federation.
He added that invaded Ukrainians who oppose Putin’s iron-fisted rule will be sent to Siberia for “re-education” in a return to the sinister Stalinist GULAG camps.
“Residents of new regions who ‘harm Russia’ must be punished,” he said, outlining a Stalinist method to break their opposition.
“They must be sent to Siberia for re-education in forced labor camps.”
A Yars ICBM test launches as part of Russia’s nuclear exercises from a launch site in Plesetsk on October 26, 2022.
The former president was blunt when warning the West of the real threat posed by Russia
Dmitry Medvedev, deputy head of the Kremlin’s powerful security council. Without date
He spoke less than a week after the Kremlin’s main enemy, Alexei Navalny, was allegedly “killed” in an Arctic prison colony in Siberia after apparently collapsing during a hike on February 16.
The Kremlin has denied the allegations.