Former Russian President Warns the West of Nuclear War Should Russia Lose in Ukraine

On January 19, 2023, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev declared that Russia losing in Ukraine could kick off a nuclear war. Similarly, the patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church said the world would come to an end if the Collective West attempted to destroy Russia. 

This doomsday talk being used by Russian leaders is designed to give the Collective West a stern warning about continuing to intervene in Ukraine through economic and military aid. 

“The defeat of a nuclear power in a conventional war may trigger a nuclear war,” Medvedev declared in a post on Telegram.

“Nuclear powers have never lost major conflicts on which their fate depends,” Medvedev added.

Medvedev said that NATO and other public officials in the Collective West should rethink their strategy in the Russo-Ukrainian conflict, which has consisted of sending vast amounts of military aid to Ukraine to try to give Russia a bloody nose.  

Russia’ political class has marketed Russia’s military incursion in Ukraine as an existential fight against the Collective West and its degenerate and expansionist agenda. As a result, they believe that taking military action in Ukraine will halt NATO’s expansionist efforts.  

US President Joe Biden has also warned that the Russo-Ukrainian conflict could potentially spiral out of control and lead to World War III.  

For Russia, NATO’s delivery of military aid to Ukraine indicates that the Collective West is in a de facto conflict against Russia. 

In a sermon, Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, declared: “We pray to the Lord that he bring the madmen to reason and help them understand that any desire to destroy Russia will mean the end of the world.”

“Today is an alarming time,” Kirill said per a quote that state media outlet RIA was able to acquire. “But we believe that the Lord will not leave Russian land.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said to reporters in Minsk, Belarus that Russia would take all measures necessary to guarantee NATO and European Union leaders “sobered up” quickly.

“I hope that the sobering up will come,” Lavrov stated. “We will do everything so that our colleagues from NATO and the European Union sober up as soon as possible.”

The Russo-Ukrainian conflict is no joke. According to a Reuters report, Russia and the US are the world’s premier nuclear powers, possessing “around 90% of the world’s nuclear warheads.”

When he was asked if Medvedev’s comments represented a significant escalation on Russia’s part, Russian spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded: “No, it absolutely does not mean that.”

Peskov claims Medvedev’s comments were in compliance with Russia’s nuclear doctrine which gives the Russian government the authority to launch a nuclear strike after “aggression against the Russian Federation with conventional weapons when the very existence of the state is threatened.”

Those are the stakes in this conflict. Hopefully, wiser minds start taking power in key foreign policy positions in the West and reverse its escalatory actions. If not, we could be staring down the barrel of a real nuclear conflict — a lose-lose scenario for the entire planet. 

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