Russian lawmaker threatens Alaska with missile strikes

Russian State Duma Deputy Andrey Gurulyov recently threatened to attack Alaska with a series of different missile strikes.

During an appearance on Russian state television, Gurulyov, host Olga Skabeyeva and other Russian commentators talked about attacking different targets in the United States, including the Lone Star State, but Gurulyov stepped in and said, “Texas doesn’t need to be attacked. We have a strategic nuclear force holding US territory. Let me remind you that there is Alaska across the strait” , according to the subtitles of Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to the Ukrainian Minister of Internal Affairs.

“There are our operational, ballistic Iskander missiles, cruise missiles are quite capable of sweeping Alaska to the ground,” Gurulyov said. “It doesn’t take much, a few brigades will do.”

When another commentator chimed in and asked why Russia would attack Alaska, Skabeyeva responded by saying “to scare them”.

Gurulyov and Skabeyeva’s comments come amid the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, which has been going on for more than a year with intense fighting between the two nations in several different regions of Ukraine.

This photograph shows an unexploded missile rocket in the village of Shchurove in eastern Ukraine on December 23, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. On Friday, May 26, 2023, Russian State Duma Deputy Andrey Gurulyov threatened Alaska with missile strikes. Samir Al-Doumy/AFP/Getty

As the war continued, the United States repeatedly condemned Russia and President Vladimir Putin, while providing Ukraine with a different range of military assistance, ranging from missiles, tanks, drones and air defense systems.

On the other hand, Putin and Russia also criticized the United States for helping Ukraine. Dmitry Medvedev, the former Russian president and current member of Putin’s Security Council, has warned that the world will become more “dangerous” if more weapons are supplied to Ukraine.

“And the more destructive these weapons are, the more likely the scenario of what is commonly called a nuclear apocalypse becomes,” Medvedev said, according to Russian news agency TASS.

This is not the first time Russian commentators have spoken about Alaska since the start of the current war. The United States purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million in 1867.

“The Congress of Vienna (of 1814-1815) recognized that Warsaw belongs to the Russian Empire. The Congress of Vienna recognized that Finland belongs to the Russian Empire. I agree to return not to the borders of Helsinki , but at least on the borders of the Congress of Vienna,” Yevgeny Satanovsky, the president of the Russian Middle East Institute, said in February during an appearance on state television. “Alaska is ours again.”

Similarly, in July, Vyacheslav Volodin, the Russian State Duma speaker, reacted to US sanctions against Russia and said: “When they (US lawmakers) try to take our assets foreigner, they must be aware that we also have something to claim. “

In March, Gurulyov suggested Russia “wipe (Britain) off the face of the earth”, calling them the “main bastard” and “instigator” of the Russian-Ukrainian war as one of the main allies of Ukraine.

Newsweek contacted the Russian Foreign Ministry and the US State Department via email for comment.

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