Russia to launch pre-emptive nuclear strike if West provides Ukraine with nukes, Moscow warns: Dmitry Medvedev says West underestimates Putin’s willingness to cause Armageddon
- Former President Medvedev Warned Ukraine War Could Last ‘Decades’
Russia will launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike if the West provides Ukraine with nuclear weapons, one of Vladimir Putin’s closest advisers has said in an ominous warning.
Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has said the West is failing to understand Putin’s willingness to provoke a nuclear Armageddon.
A ranting Medvedev also warned that the Ukraine war could last “decades”, with long periods of fighting interspersed with truces.
Medvedev, now deputy head of Putin’s security council, warned that the war has escalated further with Ukraine receiving fighter jets, such as US F-16s, and “perhaps even nuclear weapons.”
“There are some irreversible rules of war,” he said on a trip to Vietnam. ‘If it’s about [deliveries of] nuclear weapons [to Ukraine]a pre-emptive strike will have to be carried out.’
Russia will launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike if the West provides Ukraine with nuclear weapons, one of Vladimir Putin’s closest advisers has said in an ominous warning. Pictured: The launch of a Sarmat nuclear missile in April 2022
Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (pictured in Vietnam on May 23) has said the West is failing to understand Putin’s willingness to provoke nuclear Armageddon.
The West still fails to understand this and mistakenly believes that Putin will not pull the nuclear trigger, Medvedev said.
“It will mean that a missile with a nuclear warhead will come flying towards them,” he threatened.
Medvedev is the only other man alive, apart from Putin, who has put his finger on the Russian nuclear button.
Putin is often seen with an official nearby who is evidently holding his nuclear briefcase.
Meanwhile, Medvedev said the Kremlin feared “a guy with dementia” would be elected to the White House, apparently referring to a second term for Joe Biden.
He said: ‘The only thing that matters is that a guy with dementia doesn’t get elected. But this is possible.
For Russia, “historically it was always easier for us to work with the Republicans,” he said.
However, he said Republican frontrunner Donald Trump was “a nice guy, but a bit of a coward.”
A ranting Medvedev also warned that the Ukraine war could last “decades”, with long periods of fighting interspersed with truces. In the photo: Ukrainian soldiers in a tank along the road towards their positions near Bakhmut on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Medvedev said the conflict in Ukraine could last for decades with long periods of fighting.
“This conflict will last a long time, probably decades,” he said. ‘As long as there is such power in place [in Kyiv]there will be, let’s say, three years of truce, two years of conflict, and everything will repeat itself.’
Therefore, “it is necessary to destroy the very nature of Nazi power in kyiv,” he said.
Medvedev often makes hawkish comments and last month described the Ukrainian authorities as an infection.
The former president, despite Russian setbacks in the war and his prediction that it could drag on for years, insisted that Ukraine would collapse.
“It will depend on how the process of disintegration of this dying state as a consequence of a lost military conflict will take,” he said.
‘Or it will be a form of relatively slow erosion of the Ukrainian state with the gradual loss of the remaining elements of state sovereignty.
‘Or instant collapse with the simultaneous annihilation of all hallmarks of statehood.’
Medvedev was Russia’s president from 2008 to 2012 and was the longest-serving prime minister since the collapse of communism.
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