(TheConservativeTimes.org) – One of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s staunchest sycophants is trying to beat harder on the country’s war drums, saying that Russia should deploy its nuclear weapons against nations that belong to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO.
Vladimir Solovyov, who enjoys a prominent spot on Russia’s state television network, said that Russia should fire its nuclear weapons “right away” at NATO countries in the event that the relationship between the two groups sours any further.
Solovyov was reacting to a statement from Peter Nielsen, who is in charge of NATO forces stationed in Lithuania, that indicated the possibility of NATO issuing a blockade of one of Russia’s key port cities, Kaliningrad, if tensions between Russia and NATO escalate.
In a statement translated by the Kremlin Yap, a media watchdog that looks at Russian media, Solovyov said that in the event of a blockade, Russia would not just “sit and count our bullets” but instead “strike with nuclear weapons right away” and “say goodbye to all these countries”.
This is also not the first time Solovyov has issued incendiary and violent opinions on what Russia should do to the rest of the world – just a few months ago, he suggested on national television that the Netherlands was a “perfect target” for a cluster bomb attack.
Russia has been at loggerheads with the West over its continued invasion of Ukraine, ostensibly part of Putin’s goal to regain what he believes to be the glory of the old Soviet Union. However, Ukraine has managed to secure the support of many Western countries, which have provided it with weapons and training, while at the same time leveling economic sanctions against Russia. As a result, Russia has turned to countries like North Korea for help in sustaining its continued offensive in Ukraine.
Putin has also suspended Russia’s participation in the 2010 New START treaty with the U.S. and said that the country will also begin to build a tactical facility to store nuclear weapons.
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