Medvedev raises spectre of Russian nuclear strike on Ukraine

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Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev attends a military parade on Victory Day, marking the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, on Red Square in central Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2022. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

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  • Medvedev warns West about Ukraine
  • Raises the specter of a nuclear attack
  • Says NATO wouldn’t get involved
  • Russia has the world’s largest nuclear arsenal

LONDON, Sept. 27 (Reuters) – An ally of President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday outlined the scenario of a nuclear attack on Ukraine and said NATO’s US-led military alliance would be too afraid of a “nuclear apocalypse” to directly address it. enter conflict in response.

Dmitry Medvedev, a former president who is now deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council, said Russia has the right to defend itself with nuclear weapons if pushed beyond its borders and that this is “certainly not a bluff”.

Putin last week ordered Russia’s first mobilization since World War II and supported a plan to annex parts of Ukraine, warning the West not to bluff when he said he would be ready to use nuclear weapons to defend Russia. read more

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“Let’s imagine that Russia is forced to use the most terrifying weapon against the Ukrainian regime that has committed a large-scale act of aggression that is dangerous for the very survival of our state,” Medvedev said in a Telegram message.

Medvedev’s comments quoted the exact terminology of one of the terms of the Russian nuclear attack doctrine: “aggression against the Russian Federation with conventional weapons when the very survival of the state itself is threatened”.

Putin’s 57-year-old ally, who once presented himself as a reformer willing to work with the United States to liberalize Russia, has transformed himself in recent months into the most overtly aggressive member of Putin’s circle.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine, it has repeatedly expressed the threat of nuclear chaos and used insults to describe the West.

NUCLEAR WARNING:

Washington has not detailed what it would do if Putin in anger ordered what would be the first use of nuclear weapons since the United States unleashed the first atomic bomb attacks on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

National security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Sunday that the United States will react decisively to any Russian use of nuclear weapons against Ukraine and has made clear to Moscow the “catastrophic consequences”. read more

About 90% of the world’s nuclear warheads are in the hands of Russia and the United States, which remain by far the largest nuclear powers in the world.

According to the Federation of American Scientists, Russia has 5,977 nuclear warheads, while the United States has 5,428 nuclear warheads, China 350, France 290 and the United Kingdom 225.

Medvedev’s comments come as Russia prepares to annex large swaths of Ukrainian territory after referendums in Russian-controlled regions of Ukraine, which Ukraine and the West have described as an illegal sham.

Diplomats say the chatter of Russia’s nuclear saber indicates that Putin is trying to scare the West into reducing its support for Ukraine by alluding to the use of a tactical nuclear weapon to defend Ukraine’s annexed territories.

Tactical nuclear weapons, simply a nuclear device used on the battlefield, typically have a much smaller explosive power than the massive strategic warheads that Russia and the United States target at each other’s major cities.

“I must remind you again – for those on deaf ears who only hear themselves. Russia has the right to use nuclear weapons if necessary,” Medvedev said, adding that it would do so “in predetermined cases” and in strict compliance with state policy.

When describing a possible attack on Ukraine, a Slavic neighbor that Putin describes as an artificial historical construct, Medvedev said NATO would not interfere in such a situation.

“I believe that even in this scenario, NATO would not directly intervene in the conflict,” Medvedev said. “The demagogues across the ocean and in Europe will not die in a nuclear apocalypse.”

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Writing by Caleb Davis; Editing by Alex Richardson/Guy Faulconbridge and Philippa Fletcher

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