Moscow. An ally of President Vladimir Putin issued a new nuclear warning for Ukraine and the West on Tuesday. President Vladimir Putin has been talking since last week about an alternative to Moscow’s use of nuclear weapons, amid the recent defeat of the Russian military in the war in Ukraine. Voting began Friday in Kherson, Zaporizhzhya, Lugansk and Donetsk in Ukraine and Putin’s call for Russian military reserve forces is among the strategies Moscow is trying to assert itself.
Dmitry Medvedev, deputy head of the Russian Security Council led by President Putin, made that threat in very clear and strong terms on Tuesday. Medvedev wrote on the messaging app’s channel: “Imagine if Russia is forced to use the strongest (subversive) weapon against the Ukrainian regime, which (Ukraine) is taking a massive offensive and is become a threat to the very existence of our nation.
Threat comes after Baltic Sea gas pipeline leak
He wrote: “I believe that in such a situation, NATO will refrain from direct participation in the war. Let’s say that Russia holds a referendum in four areas occupied by Ukraine. It is feared that its result will be announced soon. After the referendum, Russia will declare these areas as its territory. The threat of a nuclear attack by Moscow came to the fore after reports of a leak in a gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea surfaced. Let us tell you that Russia sends gas to Europe through these pipelines.
Medvedev’s threat is one of many warnings from Russia
On Tuesday, the incident of the gas leak from these pipelines was revealed. Moscow’s confrontation with the West has increased global inflation and exacerbated energy and food crises in many countries since the February 24 invasion of Ukraine, leading to tougher Western sanctions against Russia. Tuesday’s nuclear warning by Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, is one of many warnings issued by Putin and his allies in recent weeks.
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