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Russia’s Medvedev says any Nato encroachment on Crimea could lead to World War 3

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Any encroachment on the Crimea peninsula by a Nato member-state could amount to a declaration of war on Russia which could lead to ’World War 3’, Russia’s former president, Dmitry Medvedev, was quoted as saying on Monday.

The deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev. Picture: Sputnik/Ekaterina Shtukina/Pool via Reuters

ANY ENCROACHMENT on the Crimea peninsula by a Nato member-state could amount to a declaration of war on Russia which could lead to “World War 3,” Russia’s former president, Dmitry Medvedev, was quoted as saying on Monday.

“For us, Crimea is a part of Russia. And that means forever. Any attempt to encroach on Crimea is a declaration of war against our country,” Medvedev told the news website Argumenty i Fakty.

“And if this is done by a Nato member-state, this means conflict with the entire North Atlantic alliance; a World War 3. A complete catastrophe.”

Medvedev, now deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, also said that if Finland and Sweden joined Nato, Russia would strengthen its borders and would be “ready for retaliatory steps,” and that could include the prospect of installing Iskander hypersonic missiles “on their threshold.”

– REUTERS

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