Former Russian president turned Putin aide Dmitry Medvedev said that Russia has the "might" to put the U.S. in its place after accusing the Western country of trying to stoke "disgusting" Russophobia amid the ongoing Russian invasion.
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According to a Thursday report from Reuters, Medvedev, who served as president of Russia from 2008 to 2012 and who currently serves as deputy secretary of Russia's Security Council, said that the U.S. was guilty of spreading Russophobia in an apparent attempt to cause strife in the communist country.
"It will not work," he warned. "Russia has the might to put all of our brash enemies in their place."
In February, Medvedev took a swipe at President Joe Biden and said that weak U.S. sanctions only demonstrated the country's "political impotence," prompting an overall anti-Western sentiment.
“We are being driven out of everywhere, punished and threatened, but we don’t feel scared,” he said according to reports, going on to mock the sanctions as weak theater to make up for previous "shameful decisions" such as the U.S.'s "cowardly retreat from Afghanistan."
Russia has insisted that despite sanctions against the country, it can rise up and form alliances with other world powers — including China. China, however, has thus far avoided publicly committing military aid to Russia.
Russian forces continue to march toward Ukrainian capital Kyiv as the invasion enters its fourth week, ushering in a relentless barrage of violence and destruction.
According to a Thursday report from CNN, the head of the Chernihiv region — which is northeast of Kyiv and near the Russian border — said that Chernihiv city continues “suffering great losses.”
The U.N. Security Council is set to hold a meeting on Thursday concerning the ongoing humanitarian crisis that is continuing to develop across the war-torn country.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday also addressed German lawmakers, pointing out similarities between the Cold War's Berlin Wall and the current climate in Ukraine and blasting the country for what he said was a failure to help Ukraine.
Zelenskyy added that Berlin needs to stop buying Russian oil and gas in order to help drain the Russian government's access to war money, but the country has said that it has no alternative but to continue relying on Russian energy sources.
“After 80 years, something like this happens and I am telling you: Every year politicians repeat the words ‘never again’ and now we see that these words are simply worth nothing," he said in his address. "In Europe a people is being destroyed. There is an attempt to destroy everything that is dear to us."
He added, “The world may not have seen so clearly yet, but you are separated from us by a kind of wall. Not a Berlin Wall, but a wall in the middle of Europe between freedom and a lack thereof. And this wall is getting taller with every bomb that falls on Ukraine. With every decision that is not made for peace.”