A news program in Russia discussed the prospect of nuclear strikes on Europe, with one guest suggesting Moscow’s latest missile should target the U.K because of its support for Ukraine.
On Thursday’s Channel One program 60 Minutes, Aleksey Zhuravlyov, who is chairman of the nationalist Rodina political party, said “one Sarmat missile and the British Isles will be no more.”
After co-host Olga Skabeyeva interrupted Zhuravlyov by saying, “but we are serious people,” the politician countered by saying, “and I am saying this seriously.”
Zhuravlyov raised the topic of the missile following a segment that included a clip from British TV.
In it, U.K. Armed Forces Minister James Heappey referred to London’s military support for Kyiv to help it fight the Russian invasion.
Moscow has accused the U.K. of “provoking” Ukraine into attacking Russian territory.
“They’re accusing us of state terrorism,” Zhuravlyov said. The other host, Evgeny Popov pointed out that the U.K. also has nuclear weapons and that “no one will survive in this war.”
Popov said: “When you propose a strike with a Sarmat, do you understand that no one will survive? No one on the planet.”
Zhuravlyov seemed comfortable with that prospect, saying “we’ll start with a blank slate.”
Zhuravlyov continued: “Since we are talking about these weapons, the question is can they shoot it down? The missile can’t be intercepted, their abilities are limited.”
Skabeyeva then weighed in, listing the time it would take for the missile to travel from the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad to Berlin, Paris and the British capital, as a map graphic appeared on the screen.
“You’re interested in London,” she said, which the Sarmat would take “202 seconds” to reach.
Zhuravlyov continued: “They need to be shown this picture…count the seconds can you make it?
“Let them think about it. Get a stopwatch, count 200 seconds. That’s how you talk to them, they don’t understand anything else.”
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