Russian MP Yuri Shvytkin warned Finland and Sweden’s decision to apply for NATO membership could “move [Russia] one step closer to nuclear disaster”. Referring to the UK in particular, he threatened “if [Russia] have to”, the country would be ready to use its nuclear weapons and “destroy the whole of the UK in two minutes”. He blamed any potential action from Russia on the west and stressing that Moscow is “doing everything possible so that [a nuclear attack] doesn’t happen”.
Mr Shvytkin told broadcaster Al-Jazeera: “I need to point out that if we have to, if a nuclear strike is carried out against the UK.
“Only if we have to, I stress.
“Under no circumstance are we striving to do it.
“And we’re doing everything we can so that it doesn’t happen.
“But a single Sarmat missile will destroy the whole of the UK in two minutes.
“Is that what they need?
“Let them answer that question themselves.
“Do the British people need that? Do the American people need that? Let alone people living in Europe.
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“Needless to say, he didn’t express concern about what might happen to Russia if it did so”.
Last week, Finland and Sweden simultaneously handed in their official letters of application to join NATO.
The request follows the fear of a possible Russian invasion in Finland and Sweden following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and their territorial proximity to the Russian border.
Since the decision, Russia has warned that the move “will cause serious damage” and that Russia is now “forced to take retaliatory steps in order to neutralise the threats to its national security”.