Russia has warned on Friday that they will use “absolutely any weapon” to stop Ukraine from re-capturing Ukraine.
The Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev said that Russia has no interest in entering into direct conflict with NATO and that the Kremlin want to resolve the war through talks.
Interfax news agency said the former Russian President warned there will be a severe military response against Kyiv as the Kremlin are fearing that sophisticated Western weaponry will be used to take Crimea back into Ukrainian territory.
In an interview with Russian journalists, Medvedev said, “As far as some serious offensives involving an attempt to retake Crimea are concerned, it is absolutely clear that this will serve as a basis for the use of all means of protection, including those provided for by the basic doctrine of nuclear deterrence, when the use of any types of weapons against Russia poses a threat to the existence of the state as such.”
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He added that “an attempt to split off part of the state would be tantamount to an encroachment on the existence of the state itself.”
He then gave a chilling warning, “Therefore, draw your own conclusions: there are obvious grounds for using any weapons. Absolutely any.
“I hope our ‘friends’ across the ocean realise this.”
In 1954 the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev transferred Crimea to Ukraine and in 2014 Russia illegally annexed the peninsula.
Vladimir Putin has insisted that Crimea is Russian and has vowed that Moscow will use everything at their disposal to protect ethnic Russians in the peninsula from “far-right extremists.”
Ukraine has spoken out against the Kremlin’s weekly rhetoric of “blackmailing humanity” with nuclear weapons saying that Moscow cannot be allowed to be part of the global nuclear deterrence system moving forwards.
Dmitry Medvedev warned the West with a “nuclear apocalypse” if they continue to provide Kyiv with more weapons on Thursday.
Mykhailo Podoliak, adviser to the head of the President’s Office said that it is a matter for a special tribunal to not allow Russia to be part of the deterrence system.
Podoliak said, “The appropriateness of leaving the second nuclear potential in Russia after the war is a matter for the future special tribunal and negotiations.
“The world security system will change. A state and regime that blackmails humanity with nuclear weapons can’t be part of a deterrence system.
The Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, Medvedev warned that the Kremlin’s Western counterparts have not previously seen the full “degree of Moscow’s determination.”