Putin Ally Suggests Nuclear Strikes on 3 NATO Members


An ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed carrying out nuclear strikes on three members of the NATO military alliance: France, Germany and the United States.

State television host Vladimir Solovyov, one of the most prominent figures in the Kremlin-backed media, raised the idea on his program Evening with Vladimir Soloviev. Julia Davis of The Daily Beast shared a clip from the broadcast on Fridays on X, formerly Twitter. Newsweek has contacted the Russian Foreign Ministry by email for comment.

“Experts on Vladimir Solovyov’s show pontificated which Western cities should be targeted first for nuclear strikes. Some of their top choices: Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Hamburg, Munich or Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the United States in general,” Davis wrote.

The idea that a nuclear war could break out amid the conflict in Ukraine has been floated by numerous Russian officials, including Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s former president and prime minister. Putin said in September 2022 that Russia was prepared to use nuclear weapons to defend its “territorial integrity”, and the topic is regularly discussed on Russian state television.

Kremlin propagandists have routinely warned of an impending world war and attacks by Russia on NATO territory because of the aid and weapons provided by the Joe Biden administration and members of the military alliance to Kiev.

Solovyov began railing against France shortly after French President Emmanuel Macron said there are “no limits” to Paris’ support for Kiev.

“France’s goal is not only to obtain free resources from the territory of Russia, but also to destroy Russia. The final solution of the Russian question,” he said. “Why do I think we should attack the West? Because I can see right through it! They say, ‘Russia can’t tell us how to help Ukraine!’ It is not up to you to dictate how Russia can respond!”

Vladimir Solovyov is seen in Moscow on February 21, 2023. He has proposed launching nuclear strikes on three members of NATO: France, Germany and the United States.

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Another guest on the show, Andrei Sidorov, vice dean of world politics at Moscow State University, told Soloviev that the issue is “not whether to use nuclear weapons.”

The question is who should they be used against? You often talk about France or Britain,” Sidorov said.

Solovyov replied: “That’s right, France, Germany, Poland, Great Britain.”

“That’s not the main problem,” Sidorov repeated. “There is another country that poses a danger that ranks behind all the countries mentioned above.”

‘I mean the United States. Unlike other countries you mentioned, this country could pose an existential threat to Russia,” he continued. “The problem is that whether we start it and make the first strike, no one has ever rejected the idea of ​​a disarming strike.”

Soloviev said he was unsure where exactly Russia should attack with nuclear weapons.

I just can’t decide: Paris or Marseille? What must we destroy in Germany for their Taurus? Maybe Munich? Maybe we should have a public vote to see which cities they want to spare,” Soloviev said.

The Putin ally added: “The level of humanity’s madness has reached its limits, the West will not stop at anything. We must fight it hard with all the forces and resources at our disposal.”

Last week, the Russian leader warned during Putin’s annual State of the Nation address in Moscow that his “strategic nuclear forces are in a state of full alert.”

“Russia will not let anyone interfere in its internal affairs,” he warned.

His comments came after Macron suggested NATO members could send ground troops to Ukraine. Other NATO allies, including the US, have ruled this out at Macron’s suggestion.

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