Medvedev Warns Of Nuclear War If Russia Defeated In Ukraine

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - NOVEMBER, 4:  (RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev  attend the unveilng ceremony of the monument to Vladimir The Great on the National Unity Dat outside of the Kremlin, on November, 4, 2016 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Dmitry Medvedev, an outspoken former Russian president who is close to Vladimir Putin, has warned NATO that Moscow’s defeat in Ukraine could trigger a nuclear war.
  • “The defeat of a nuclear power in a conventional war may trigger a nuclear war,” Medvedev, who serves as deputy chairman of Putin’s powerful security council, said in a post on the Telegram messaging app.
  • “Nuclear powers have never lost major conflicts on which their fate depends,” said Medvedev, who served as president from 2008 to 2012.

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