The vice-chairman of Russia’s Security Council and the country’s former president, Dmitry Medvedev, has warned Ukraine that it will face a response equivalent to the “Second Coming” if it launches an attack on Crimea.
“Some ecstatic, bloody clowns, popping up with some statements now and then, are trying to threaten us, I mean to make attacks in Crimea and so on,” Medvedev told a group of World War II veterans in Volgograd.
“If that happens, they will be faced with a disaster, very fast and hard, immediately. They will not be able to avoid it,” Medvedev continued.
“But they continue to provoke the general situation with such statements.”
The warning comes as Ukrainian forces continue to use Western weapons, such as the HIMARS missile system, to strike Russian military targets.
It is recalled that Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.
The annexation violated many international agreements, and Crimea is not recognized as Russian territory by the United States and many Western nations.
The former Russian president has also said that this rejection of Russia’s claims that it owns Crimea is a “threat” to Russia.
“If any other state, such as Ukraine and NATO member states, believes that Crimea is not Russian, then that state is a systemic threat to us,” he said.