Russian state-owned media propaganda has issued the latest nuclear threat against the West. The threat comes as a warning that the United States could be in danger of a Russian missile attack due to its continual aiding of Ukraine.
Igor Korotchenko, editor of the newspaper National Defense and a regular guest on the Russia 1 channel where guests have repeatedly called for strikes against Ukraine’s allies, took exception to criticism of Russian conduct in the war.
“Russia is being warned and threatened that if we misbehave, or if in [NATO senior member for logistics] Ben Hodges’ opinion, we exceed what he considers to be the necessary permissible lines for the use of all types of Russian weapons, he threatens us with more than just strikes on the Crimean bridge,” Korotchenko said.
According to a report by Newsweek, Hodges has repeatedly called for Ukraine to be provided with all the weapons it needs to retake Crimea, such as ATACMS, (Army Tactical Missile Systems), which would allow long-range precision strikes on the peninsula Moscow annexed in 2014.
Russia has been warning the U.S. and its allies that a major global war will begin if they provide “lethal aid” to Ukraine. Some could argue that the West has crossed this line several times over while others say that since Russia hasn’t reacted yet, they won’t.
Korotchenko said that Hodges believed the U.S. might consider strikes on the bases of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet and troops in Crimea, as well as strike Russian naval bases in Tartus, Syria.
“The most important message we should send to the Americans is that we will not wage war with you in Europe,” he said in a short clip subsequently posted on X (formerly Twitter) by Ukrainian internal affairs adviser Anton Gerashchenko.
Attention, United States!
Russian propagandists threaten with nuclear strikes on U.S. territory. pic.twitter.com/EwfwxREWKZ
— Anton Gerashchenko (@Gerashchenko_en) September 3, 2023
“In response to your attacks on Russian military or civilian facilities, the first strike will be a preventative limited strike against targets on the territory of the United States of America, ” he told the anchor of 60 Minutes, Yevgeny Popov. Last week, Russia announced that its Sarmat strategic missile system, which can reach the U.S., had been put on combat duty, according to Newsweek.