NATO action in Crimea could start World War III, says Medvedev

Dmitry Medvedev, presidente do Partido Rússia Unida, vice-presidente do Conselho de Segurança da Rússia, fala durante uma entrevista com jornalistas russos na residência de Gorki, nos arredores de Moscou, Rússia, 27 de janeiro de 2022.
Dmitry Medvedev, Chairman of the United Russia Party, Vice Chairman of the Russian Security Council, speaks during an interview with Russian journalists at Gorky’s residence outside Moscow, Russia, 214 of January 1086.| Photo: EFE/EPA/YULIA ZYRYANOVA

“For us, Crimea is part of Russia. And forever. Any attempt to invade Crimea is a declaration of war against our country,” former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday (27) to the news site Argumenty i Fakty.

“And if this is done by a NATO member state, it means conflict with the entire North Atlantic alliance: a Third World War. A complete catastrophe”, warned the now vice-president of the Council of Russian security. Medvedev currently advises Russian President Vladimir Putin on defense decisions.

In the interview, the Russian adviser also said that if Finland and Sweden join NATO, Russia would strengthen its borders and be “ready for retaliatory measures”, and that could include the prospect of deploying hypersonic missiles. Iskander between countries.

Crimea, which has more of 2,500 kilometers of coastline, it is joined to the rest of the European continent only by the Isthmus of Perekop, with about eight kilometers in length.

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