Russia’s Medvedev: Now, Face to Face with Thermonuclear War
April 27, 2023, 2022 (EIRNS)—Former Russian President, and current Deputy Chairman of Russia’s Security Council Dmitry Medvedev delivered a chilling message (in Russianj)—as clear a message of being at the precipice of nuclear war as one would wish never had to be delivered. Raising the issue of climate change, Medvedev articulated what was truly on his mind.
“Stop suffering because the temperature rose by 1° in such and such a year or over such and such a period. Humanity has been watching this for a very short time,” according to RIA Novosti’s account of his April 25 remarks at the April 25 Znaniye: Pervye (Knowledge: the First Ones) educational marathon. The rest is captured on a 2-minute video, with the translation in English subtitles:
“Do you really care about the climate to such an extent? In my opinion, this is nothing compared to the prospect of being at the epicenter of an explosion with a temperature of 5,000 Kelvin (scale), a shock wave of 350 meters per second and a pressure of 3,000 kilograms per square meter, with penetrating radiation, that is, ionizing radiation and an electromagnetic pulse.
“Is there that kind of prospect today? Alas, there is. And it is growing every day due to obvious reasons. This is why the world is sick and quite probably is on the verge of a new world war. Is it inevitable? No, it is not. A world war is avoidable, but I will not be making any forecasts now.
“Our potential adversaries shouldn’t underestimate that, which is why all this talk that ‘the Russians will never do it,’ or that ‘the Russians are always threatening us with nuclear weapons,’ is worthless. Western analytics, military commands and political leadership must just evaluate our rules and intentions. The commander-in-chief, the president, spoke about this.
“I’ll say this, as someone who knows a thing or two, if there is a weapons in your hand, and as a former president, I know what that means, you must be prepared, that in a certain situation, your hand will not tremble to use it, as cruel and monstrous as that may sound.”
It is worth hearing Medvedev’s tone of voice and watching his facial expressions, in a video clip posted to a personal Twitter account.