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Moscow Could Strike Western Cities if Ukraine Fires Rockets Into Russia, Medvedev Says
Biden admitted Friday that Ukraine may have to cede land to achieve a peaceful resolution
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Dmitry Medvedev, the deputy chairman of Russia’s national security council, said in an interview with Al Jazeera that Moscow could target Western cities if Ukrainian forces fire these advanced rocket systems into Russia.
“If, God forbid, these weapons are used against Russian territory then our armed forces will have no other choice but to strike decision-making centers,” he said. He continued, “Of course, it needs to be understood that the final decision-making centers in this case, unfortunately, are not located on the territory of Kyiv.”
Medvedev said Russia is prepared to negotiate.
“We are ready to have a dialogue on all issues, but a respectful one that takes into account our sovereignty, our concerns, and is aimed at creating indivisible security, not in the interests of individual countries, but indivisible security,” he said.
Russia blasted the White House last week for its decision to send advanced rocket systems to Ukraine that Moscow has called a “red line.”
“We know that the United States has been purposefully and meticulously adding fuel to the fire,” Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, said. "The United States pursues the course towards fighting Russia to the last Ukrainian."
Joe Biden wrote an op-ed published in The New York Times late Tuesday that confirmed his decision to provide Ukrainian fighters with advanced rocket systems that can be reportedly outfitted with missiles capable of traveling about 200 miles.
Senior officials in Washington insist that Kyiv promised not to fire these weapons into Russian territory.
Anatoly Antonov, a top Russian diplomat, commented on reports that the Biden administration was considering sending these weapon systems last week.
"There is a risk that such equipment will be placed near Russia's borders and Ukrainians will be able to strike at Russian cities. Such a situation is unacceptable and intolerable for us," he told a Russian news outlet, Newsweek reported.
Medvedev said, “One can have different attitudes to it, one can believe that the horsemen of the Apocalypse are already on their way and all hope is in Almighty God. However, one can still try to tone down this international situation.”