Once again, ex-Russian president Dmitry Medvedev has warned that a head-on war between Moscow’s forces and NATO would result in a nuclear apocalypse.
On Wednesday, the current deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council issued a warning on Telegram in reaction to recent statements and reports suggesting that certain European leaders are advising their citizens to ‘prepare for war’.
For instance, just last month, UK Army chief General Patrick Sanders urged authorities to “mobilize the nation” for potential conflict with Putin, emphasizing the necessity for a “shift” in mindset among the populace to be prepared.
Medvedev mocked this and other instances of NATO leaders accusing Moscow of aiming for a larger conflict as nothing more than “dangerous drivel.”
He argued that it’s all about drumming up support for sending more weapons to Kyiv, amid what’s become war fatigue among Western publics.
According to Russian media, Medvedev said this is part of efforts to prop up Ukraine—”a dying country that is foreign to taxpayers”—while ignoring problems at home.
“Therefore, every day the leaders of these countries broadcast: We need to prepare for war with Russia and continue to help Ukraine,” he wrote.
That’s when he stated that people in the West need to hear the plain truth. Medvedev emphasized that Russia’s reaction to a NATO attack would undoubtedly be “asymmetric.” He explained:
“Since our military capabilities are incomparable, we will simply have no choice. The response will be asymmetrical. To protect the territorial integrity of our country, ballistic and cruise missiles with special warheads will be used… This will be the proverbial Apocalypse. The end of everything.”
This isn’t the first instance of Medvedev, recognized for his aggressive and militant language, cautioning about nuclear apocalypse. However, it’s the most explicit he’s ever been in affirming that the Kremlin wouldn’t hesitate to deploy its nuclear arsenal if NATO directly threatens Russian territory.
His remarks also arrive at an extremely dangerous moment, with Ukrainian security services ramping up their targeting of oil refineries within Russian borders using drone and missile strikes, often over long distances.
Moscow has accused Western and NATO intelligence services of aiding these assaults. Lately, it has pointed fingers at France for allegedly deploying mercenaries in the northern city of Kharkiv, purportedly to launch attacks on nearby Belgorod Oblast.
Concerns are mounting that this ‘indirect’ conflict or proxy war might escalate into direct ‘live fire’ exchanges between Russia and NATO nations, but thus far, such a scenario has been narrowly avoided.
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