Russian state tv makes nuclear war threat: ‘Why do we need the world if Russia won’t be in it?’

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With overtones of the mutually assured destruction doctrine from the Cold War era, a fatalistic, saber-rattling Russian state TV anchor reportedly wondered if there is any meaning to a world that does not include Russia.

Against the backdrop of global condemnation of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, presenter Dmitry Kiselyov (or Kiselev) ominously boasted about his country’s arsenal of nukes, per a translation, in what perhaps sounds like a threat or a form of intimidation.

In the meantime, a U.S. congressman claims Russia, despite its weaponry, is a mere “paper tiger.”

According to the Russian presenter, “Our submarines alone can launch more than 500 nuclear warheads, which guarantees the destruction of the US and NATO for good measure. The principle is: why do we need the world if Russia won’t be in it?.”

Kiselyov reportedly added that “Russia’s nuclear capability is the most powerful in the world” and that “Now, Russia’s entire nuclear triad has been placed on special alert. [Russian Federation President Vladimir] Putin warned them. Don’t try to frighten Russia.”

Back in 2013, The Economist opined that “Even by the standards of Soviet television, the Russia Channel has been churning out propaganda that would have made their Soviet predecessors blush.”

The presenter’s remarks prompted extensive commentary on Twitter of all kinds:

As the Russian anchorman may have been referencing, however, Putin has reportedly ordered his nuclear forces put on high alert known as “special regime of combat duty.”

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice claimed that Putin is currently operating in an erratic, delusional manner which, if accurate, is hardly a good omen for resolving the crisis without further bloodshed.

On a more positive note, Ukraine and Russia have begun peace talks in neighboring Belarus.

Owing to the U.S. dependence on oil imports from Russia and elsewhere under the Biden administration, critics claim that America is helping fund Putin’s war machine.

As alluded to above, Jan. 6 Committee pawn Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) took to Twitter, not only to use paper tiger language, but he seemed to advocate for calling Putin’s bluff about the threat of nuke deployment.

He quote-tweeted Louise Mensch, a writer who has been accused of pushing Russiagate-related conspiracy theories, in the process.

Some social media users are finding Kinzinger’s dismissiveness of Russia’s capabilities unconvincing. Here is a sample:


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