In a message on the Russian media platform “VKontakte”, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (58 years old) once again warned NATO countries against a “big war.” He added: “We have no intention of attacking any members of the bloc. “But if they attack the integrity of our country, they can expect an immediate appropriate response,” Medvedev said.
In his argument, Medvedev is responding to the Steadfast Defender 2024 programme, NATO's largest military exercise since the Cold War. Through this exercise, for which NATO has mobilized 90,000 soldiers, the alliance wants to show Russia that the 31 member states can take wide-ranging measures if one of the member states is attacked. The training began at the end of January and will continue until May.
According to Medvedev, NATO is playing with fire. The former president says that the large-scale military training is therefore a “clear warning to Russia.”
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He added: “We have no intention of attacking any members of the bloc. Medvedev writes that every Westerner with common sense understands this. “But if they get carried away in their game and attack the integrity of our country, they can expect an immediate appropriate response,” he added. According to Medvedev, there is only one option: “a big war that the alliance will not be able to avoid.”
Medvedev (58 years old), Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council and a close ally of President Vladimir Putin, is known for his provocative statements. Last month, the Russians threatened to launch a nuclear attack on Ukraine.
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