Training Ukrainians on Western weapons qualifies, said Dmitry Medvedev after the Bryansk attack
Canadian and German troops teaching Ukrainians how to use Leopard tanks already qualifies as participation in the conflict, but sending fighter jets to Poland would mean “direct entry,” former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday.
Medvedev, who is also deputy chair of the Russian Security Council, warned the US and its allies that they can be treated as parties to the conflict “if, in addition to supplying weapons, they train personnel to operate them,” citing legal precedents from the early 20th century.
Tank training on EU territory already applies, Medvedev noted on Telegram, but if that expands to fighter jets based somewhere in Poland, “that would be direct entry of the Atlanticists into war against Russia, with all the consequences that entails.”
Everyone who made the decision to deliver those weapons or repair them, along with foreign mercenaries and military trainers, ought to be considered legitimate military targets.
According to Medvedev, only fear of this has so far restrained the “infantile” West from giving airplanes and long-range weapons to Kiev, though he predicted their desire to destroy Russia would prevail before long.
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While the US, NATO and the EU talk about the “freedom-loving people of Ukraine,” Thursday’s attack on Russia’s Bryansk Region shows that they are supporting “Nazi bastards, terrorist scum who attack civilians,” Medvedev said.
“These are your proteges, Mr. Sunak, Macron, Scholz and Biden!” he wrote, addressing the leaders of the UK, France, Germany, and US. “And our attitude towards you is now the same as towards them. Your countries are now participants in the terrorist acts of the Ukrainian regime, and you are direct accomplices of terrorists.”
Though the West considered him a “liberal” during his 2008-2012 presidency, Medvedev has been blunt and outspoken about the military operation in Ukraine since it was launched in February 2022. Just last month, he warned the US that its talk about “strategic defeat” means Russia now sees the conflict as existential.
A group of Ukrainian soldiers crossed the border into Russia on Thursday morning, attacking two villages and shooting up a car with civilians inside. Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned the “terrorist attack” and vowed to punish the perpetrators.
My comments: What we are now witnessing is, the Russian leadership arriving at the conclusion that all the red lines have been crossed - and that they finally realize that Nato intends to kill Russians and destroy Russia. This means at any time Russia could declare war on Nato and attack any or all of the decision making centers where the war planning is coming from.
Russia has not used the full force of their military power against Ukraine. Russia has no interest in playing WW1 trench warfare with one hand tied behind their back for years to come. Once they decide to declare war, they will use every weapon they possess to defeat an enemy.
Their very existence is at stake, they fully realize this now. The US government and the news media are sugar coating what this war means. When Russia is pushed too far they will strike back with a massive launch of nuclear missiles towards both Europe and the US. Our way of life will instantly change. Food will be scarce, there will be no electricity, fuel, or crops for years. The amount of radioactive dust thrown into the atmosphere will lower the earth's temperature as if we entered an ice age for the next decade. How do we prepare for something like that?
This will happen because our current illegitimate politicians are deliberately provoking Russia into a nuclear war. This is the reality we face - this isn't a far-fetched conspiracy theory, this is the real danger we all face right now. Watch what is happening and be ready. George Eaton