Putin ally Medvedev warns ‘Horsemen of the Apocalypse are on their way’ in latest chilling outburst weeks after warning of ‘full scale nuclear war’
- Dmitry Medvedev accused Ukraine and the West of wanting ‘death for Russia’
- He made the vague threats if Ukraine uses US-supplied missiles against Moscow
- Last month, he warned military support for Ukraine risks sparking nuclear war
One of Vladimir Putin’s key allies has warned that the ‘Horsemen of the Apocalypse are on their way’ in the latest chilling Kremlin warning of destruction.
Dmitry Medvedev, the former president of Russia, warned Moscow would attack Western cities if Ukraine uses missiles provided by the US.
The Kremlin insider, 56, currently serves as deputy head of Russia’s national security council and acted as president 2008 to 2012 while Putin was term-limited, although he remained under his influence.
He wrote last week: ‘I am often asked why my Telegram posts are so harsh. The answer is I hate them. They are b*****ds and degenerates.
‘They want death for Russia. And while I’m alive, I will do everything to make them disappear.’
Dmitry Medvedev has warned that the ‘Horsemen of the Apocalypse are on their way’ in the latest chilling Kremlin warning of destruction
Russia test launched the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile in April amid threats of nuclear war
The ‘they’ Medvedev is referring to is understood to mean Ukraine and its allies.
Days earlier he said Moscow would escalate their war on the West if US-supplied missiles are used against Russian forces, saying: ‘The horsemen of the Apocalypse are already on their way.’
Medvedev, who was previously seen as a moderniser and a more liberal figurehead for Russia, has also accused Ukraine of being led by drugged-up Nazis.
Last month, he warned military support for Ukraine risks sparking nuclear war with Russia.
He wrote on Telegram: ‘NATO countries pumping weapons into Ukraine, training troops to use western equipment, sending in mercenaries and the exercises of alliance countries near our borders increase the likelihood of a direct and open conflict between NATO and Russia.
The Kremlin insider, 56, currently serves as deputy head of Russia’s national security council and acted as president 2008 to 2012 while Putin was term-limited
‘Such a conflict always has the risk of turning into a full-fledged nuclear war.’
Medvedev accused NATO countries of ‘sending in mercenaries’ to fight for Ukraine and intentionally playing up the prospect of nuclear war.
His stormy post continued: ‘The endless talk by foreign analysts about a war between NATO and Russia continues unabated.
‘The cynicism of Western “talking heads” is becoming more and more blatant.
‘The thesis that Russia frightens the world with a nuclear conflict is being pushed to the top of the agenda.
‘Even [Donald] Trump recently came out with this, though, understandably, just to spite [President] Biden.
‘And of course the Europeans are squeaking their little voices.’
He also warned the West: ‘I want to articulate very clearly once again the things that are so obvious to all reasonable people. You don’t have to lie to yourself and others.
Putin (left) confers with Medvedev (right) at his famous Kremlin desk in January 2020, days before Medvedev relinquished the premiership and joined the President’s Security Council
‘You just have to think about the possible consequences of your actions.
‘And don’t choke on your own saliva in paroxysms of Russophobia.’
Former opposition MP Dmitry Gudkov has claimed Medvedev’s rants show he is preparing for a second bid for power when Putin eventually relinquishes his hold.
The strong anti-Western rhetoric appeals to hardliners in the Russian military and helps change the narrative that he is seen as too soft.
Gudkov said: ‘He is trying to please the hardliners in the hope that they will promote him, in the event of Putin leaving office.
‘The only way to survive politically right now in Russia is to be a hawk.’
Medvedev appointed Putin prime minister during his presidency. When Putin was allowed to become president once again, Medvedev stepped aside.
He took the premiership until 2020, at which point Putin nullified term limits and moved Medvedev to his current role.