A TV channel in Russia, a nation currently struggling to invade a smaller neighbour on its own border, has inexplicably threatened “England” with nuclear missile strikes. Presumably, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are off the hook then?
In a bizarre broadcast, seemingly forgetting the UK has its own nuclear weapons, Dmitry Kiselyov said:
“What will happen after Boris Johnson’s words about a retaliatory strike on Russia? Why do they threaten vast Russia with nuclear weapons while they are only a small island? The island is so small that one Sarmat missile is enough to drown it once and for all. Russian missile Sarmat [aka Satan-2], the world most powerful… is capable of… destroying an area the size of Texas or England.
A single launch, Boris, and there is no England anymore. Once and for all. Why do they play games?”
Dmitry Kiselyov, Putin’s propagandist-in-chief, said "A single launch, Boris, and there is no England anymore. Once and for all", so Scotland is fine then? Phew. pic.twitter.com/XrK2iD1ogv
— George Allison (@geoallison) May 2, 2022
I don’t think we have too much to worry about if the difference between the UK and England is lost on this person. Besides, for a current example of how valid Russian threats are, have a look at the thrashing that Ukraine is giving Russia.
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The odd threat comes after Boris Johnson dismissed fears about nuclear warfare and said he does not believe the West has to make concessions, he told TalkTV:
“Given the massive Russian backing for what Putin is doing, given the apparent obliviousness of the Russian media about what is really happening in Ukraine, the paradox is that Putin has far more political space to back down, to withdraw.”