State Duma deputy: “We can hit the Sarmat from Siberia, and even get the UK.”
The State Duma has decided when the Russian Federation can be the first to use nuclear weapons. According to its deputy Alexei Zhuravlev, Russia can be the first to use nuclear weapons if there is a threat to its existence. In an interview with journalists Russian media URA.RU he declared:
“If the USA threatens our state, it’s good: here is the Sarmat for you, and nuclear ashes will come from you, if you think that Russia should not exist. And Finland says that it is at one with the USA. Well, sign up for the queue.”
At the same time, when asked by a journalist whether it is necessary for the Russian Federation to deploy nuclear weapons near the Finnish border, Zhuravlev answered:
“Why? No need. We can hit the Sarmat from Siberia, and even get the UK. And if from Kaliningrad … The flight time of hypersound is 200 seconds. Go ahead, guys. The Finnish border will not have strategic weapons, but such a class as” Dagger “which will fly to Finland in 20 seconds, or maybe ten.”
To a clarifying question about the possibility of Russia being the first to launch a nuclear strike, he instantly answered:
“Of course. If it threatens the existence of the Russian Federation. … It’s unknown. It’s like in a fight: who pulled out the first knife? And who knows, who …”.
Recall that Zhuravlev is the first deputy chairman of the State Duma Defense Committee. At the same time, he is the chairman of the Rodina political party, and not United Russia. And a member of the LDPR faction.
And a little later, the head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, allowed himself “joking” on a strike by a strategic missile system against Finland and Sweden – in the event of their entry into NATO:
“Russia has no hostile intentions towards Finland and Sweden,” Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said. “Sarmat” has no prejudice and hostile intentions towards NATO countries either.
Reference: RS-28 “Sarmat” is a fifth-generation Russian silo-based strategic missile system with a heavy multi-stage liquid-propellant intercontinental ballistic missile.
As recently as a couple of days ago, Dmitry Medvedev, former Russian president and longtime ally of Vladimir Putin, reacted to the news that Finland and Sweden are even closer to joining NATO: “The conflict could escalate into a nuclear war.” A little earlier, in mid-April, Medvedev said:
“Sweden and Finland are discussing the possibility of joining NATO with bestial seriousness. The alliance itself is ready to accept them literally “under white hands.” <...> What does this mean? This means that Russia will have more officially registered opponents. NATO – thirty or thirty-two, for us as a whole is not so important. Two less, two more – there is not much difference with their significance and population. Another thing is that if Sweden and Finland join NATO, the length of the land borders of the alliance with the Russian Federation “will more than double. Naturally, these borders will have to be strengthened. Seriously strengthen the grouping of ground forces and air defense, deploy significant naval forces in the Gulf of Finland. In this case, there will be no question of any non-nuclear status of the Baltic Sea.”
Russia and the USA today are largest nuclear powers in the world. According to the Washington-based Arms Control Association, Russia has 6,257 nuclear warheads, while the three NATO nuclear powers, the United States, Britain and France, have 6,065. Israel, India, Pakistan, China, and North Korea also have nuclear weapons.