Aleksey Zhuravlyov, a member of the Duma and a Putin ally, reportedly told state TV Russia 1 said it was “absolutely legitimate” for Russia to question the existence of Finland. He said that a Satan-2 missile could reach the UK from Kaliningrad, a small Russian enclave in Europe, in around 200 seconds.
Finland “should be grateful to Russia” for their very existence, he is said to have added, claiming it did not need to reposition its nuclear weapons in light of the latest military agreement, as they could easily hit their targets from where the nukes are stationed now.
According to a translation by the Mail, Mr Zhuravlyov said: “If Finland wants to join this bloc, then our goal is absolutely legitimate – to question the existence of this state. This is logical.
“If the United States threatens our state, it’s good: here is the Sarmat [Satan-2 missile] for you, and there will be nuclear ashes from you if you think that Russia should not exist.
“And Finland says that it is at one with the USA. Well, get in line. The Finns in general should be grateful to Russia for their statehood, for the fact that Finland exists as a country.”
Asked if Russia would move nuclear weapons towards its border with Finland, he reportedly replied: “What for? We don’t need to.
“We can hit with a Sarmat from Siberia, and even reach the UK. And if we strike from Kaliningrad… the hypersonic’s reaching time is 200 seconds – so go ahead, guys.
“On the Finnish border we will have not strategic weapons, but Kinzhal-class, one that will reach Finland in 20 seconds, or even 10 seconds.”
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