WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- The Deputy Chairman of Russia’s Security Council warned of nuclear fallout if Russia were to fall to NATO arms used in Ukraine.
- Dmitry Medvedev, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has repeatedly made the nuclear threat every time Ukraine received support from Western allies.
- Medvedev’s latest statements come as Western nations pledged to send tanks to Ukraine’s front lines.
Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of Russia’s Security Council, repeated the threat of nuclear war in the event that Ukraine defeats Russia using NATO arms.
“The loss of a nuclear power in a conventional war can provoke the beginning of a nuclear war,” Medvedev wrote on Telegram. “Nuclear powers have [never] lost major conflicts on which their fate depends.”
The statements were made as Western officials met with the Ukraine Defense Contact Group at Germany’s Ramstein Air Base.
Medvedev served as Russia’s president from 2008 to 2012 and is a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
He has repeatedly made the threat of nuclear war every time Ukraine received more support from its Western allies. His recent comments on Russia’s theoretical defeat in Ukraine may suggest increasing concerns about Kremlin’s ability to win the war amid continued Western support for Kyiv.
Ukraine is expected to receive another $3 billion in defensive aid from the U.S., in addition to a separate $3 billion package and several fighting vehicles pledged two weeks prior.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has repeatedly pleaded with its allies to send tanks to be used on the front lines. The call has since been answered by the U.K., France, and Poland, putting pressure on Germany and the U.S. to pledge the same.
This week, Germany faced backlash when it suggested that it would only send tasks if the U.S. did so.
Zelenskyy responded in a Davos video conference, “Here are times where we shouldn’t hesitate or shouldn’t compare. When someone says, ‘I will give tanks if someone else will also share tanks.’ I don’t think this is the right strategy to go with.”
Source: Fox News