Russia threatens to attack the West if Ukraine hits it with US missiles

Putin and his ally Medvedev

Russia is stepping up its threats against the West (Image: Reuters)

A close ally of Vladimir Putin has warned that if Ukraine uses US-supplied missiles to launch attacks on Russia, the Kremlin could attack western cities.

President Joe Biden announced this week that his administration would send long-range missiles to Ukraine, following an earlier statement that the US would not provide the war-torn country with advanced weapons.

Dmitry Medvedev, former prime minister under Putin and current chairman of the National Security Council, warned of the consequences of using them on Russian soil.

He told Al Jazeera: “If, God forbid, these weapons are used against Russian territory, our forces will have no choice but to attack decision centers.

“Of course, it must be clear that the final decision-making centers in this case, unfortunately, are not on the territory of Kyiv.”

United Russia party leader and Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev speaks during an interview at the Gorky residence outside Moscow January 27, 2022. (Photo by Yulia ZYRYANOVA / SPUTNIK / AFP) (Photo by YULIA ZYRYANOVA/SPUTNIK/ AFP via Getty Images)

He also warned that fighting in Ukraine would bring the world perilously close to nuclear Armageddon (Image: AFP)

He also warned that fighting in Ukraine would bring the world dangerously close to nuclear Armageddon

“The horsemen of the apocalypse are already on their way and all hope now rests with the Lord God Almighty,” he said.

Kremlin-controlled state television has said on several occasions that the war in Ukraine could turn nuclear, with attacks on Britain and the rest of Europe.

TV channels have even simulated Britain could be bombed in 200 seconds with “no survivors”, while another threatened to plunge Britain into the sea with a missile that could cause a huge tsunami.

The missile systems sent to Ukraine can hit enemy targets at a distance of about 50 miles.

Biden said it would help Ukraine on the battlefield as fighting intensifies in the east of the country.

The White House said it agreed to make the new missiles available to Ukraine after receiving assurances from President Zelensky that they would not be used to hit targets in Russia.

However, the Kremlin said it did not believe Zelenskyy.

“The United States is directly and intentionally adding fuel to the fire,” Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

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