US and Nato ‘too scared of nuclear apocalypse’ to intervene in Ukraine war

Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said that the US and NATO would be too afraid of a “nuclear apocalypse” to get involved in the war in Ukraine – even if the Kremlin unleashed deadly weapons in Europe.

In another escalation of rhetoric, Medvedev, who is now the deputy head of Russia’s Security Council, said Russia had the right to defend itself with nuclear weapons if its borders were crossed and insisted this was “certainly not a hoax”.

“I must remind you once again – to those deaf ears who hear only 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 rules. Policies.

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“Let’s imagine that Russia is forced to use the most powerful weapon against the Ukrainian regime, which has committed a large-scale act of aggression, which is dangerous for the existence of our state,” Medvedev said.

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

The 57-year-old served as President of Russia between 2008 and 2012 and as Prime Minister between 2012 and 2020.

He once presented himself as a reformer willing to work with the United States to liberate Russia.

But in recent months he has recast himself as the most hardline member of Vladimir Putin’s circle and has repeatedly raised the threat of nuclear chaos.

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The United States has yet to respond to the latest threat

The United States has yet to respond directly to the latest rattle of swords, but over the weekend, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said Washington would respond decisively to any Russian use of nuclear weapons against Ukraine and made clear to Moscow the “catastrophic consequences” it would face.

Any use of nuclear weapons would be the first since the United States launched the first atomic bomb attack on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

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Today, about 90 percent of the world’s nuclear warheads are owned by Russia and the United States.

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

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