It has been more than 18 months since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his military forces across his country’s common border with Ukraine in what some have said is a step in his desire to rebuild a version of the Soviet Union. Since then, the propaganda machines on both sides of the conflict have been running full speed ahead with claims of victories, accusations of human rights atrocities, and threats of escalation — particularly on the part of the Russians.
Among the first- and second-tier superpowers of the world, the most dire words that could be uttered revolve around the use of nuclear and other WMDs.
Dmitry Medvedev chairs Russia’s Security Council and held the offices of president and prime minister from 2008 to 2020, he is one of Putin’s staunchest allies and has not been shy about the vitriol he spews about the United States. On the eve of the 22nd anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that forever changed the world, he posted a message on his Telegram social media account to issue a dire warning.
Anton Gerashchenko is an official advisor at the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs, and he provided a translation into English on X (formerly Twitter), which shows Medvedev titled his rant, “a few words on the eve of 11/09 [Europeans use a DD/MM format for dates].” The Russian begins by accusing the United States of arrogance and narcissism and quotes former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright out of context because she once said, “[America is] the indispensable nation.”
And then, Medvedev stated his chilling prophecy claiming that America will suffer another surprise attack, “but with a nuclear or biological component.” He stopped short of drawing a line in the sand or making a direct threat on the part of his homeland, but instead framed it as a potential terrorist activity, or perhaps the act of the leader of another country that is part of “the nuclear club.”
Another aspect that should not be overlooked is the rumored plan of the United States to reestablish a nuclear weapons cache at RAF Lakenheath in the UK, after removing them more than 15 years ago. The fiscal year 2024 military budget presented to Congress for construction projects to build a “surety dormitory” at the airbase at an estimated cost of $50 million. The Russians have warned that if the project moves forward, they would be compelled to “take compensating countermeasures” to protect their security interests.
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