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As the tension between Russia and the West escalates to levels rarely seen even at the height of the Cold War, one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s closest men engaged in some saber-rattling recently.
Dmitry Medvedev, who is currently Deputy Secretary of the Russia Security Council, and former prime minister and president of Russia, recently called the U.S. “disgusting” for its “Russophobia,” Reuters reported.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February has sparked worldwide condemnation, especially in the wake of increasing footage of shocking atrocities being committed against unarmed civilians by Russian soldiers. Yet to Putin’s regime, it’s all just fear-mongering by the U.S. in order to get others to join in on the sanctions being imposed on Russia, which currently are the most severe in history, even more, restrictive than those on North Korea.
Claiming that the U.S. is part of some vast conspiracy to tear Russia apart, Medvedev went on to threaten the U.S. in somewhat vague terms:
“It will not work — Russia has the might to put all of our brash enemies in their place.”
Medvedev has previously served as president, while Putin did a stint as the prime minister, which allowed Putin to circumvent the constitutional restriction on consecutive presidential terms, while still remaining the real ruler of Russia.
The assertion of Russian might may not be as intimidating as Medvedev hopes, however, given that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, intended to be a lightning advance against a far weaker foe, has turned into a humiliating display of all the serious flaws in Russia’s military, throwing away years spent building up its mystique. British and American intelligence, while somewhat more measured than Ukraine’s confident press releases, nevertheless agree that Russia’s advance has stalled on all fronts and that Russia has failed to take much in the way of crucial strategic objectives, despite throwing enormous amounts of men and firepower at Ukraine.
Russia has, on the one hand, likened sanctions to a declaration of war, while on the other hand, defiantly insisting that sanctions are doing little to the economy, even as the ruble collapses to worthlessness as Russians frantically engage in bank runs and social media collaboration to find ATM’s that still have American dollars in supply.
Perhaps the one thing Russia still has that poses any kind of credible threat is its nuclear arsenal. The Kremlin has increasingly relied on nuclear brinksmanship, making both subtle and over threats to use them on any nation that interferes with its massacre of Ukrainians. Russian nuclear forces remain at maximum alert, though given the performance of the Russian army, its unclear how competent and reliable its Strategic Rocket Forces are.
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