A senior Putin ally has threatened to fire a nuclear weapon at Britain, saying it will only take three minutes.
Finland, which is about to join NATO, would be wiped out in ten seconds, boasted the deputy chairman of the Duma’s defense committee, Aleksey Zhuravlyov.
Zhuravlyov’s savage threats came as Russian officials appear frustrated with Putin’s hesitant invasion of Ukraine – and enraged by Finland’s NATO bid.
Russian state TV showed how fast Putin’s Satan-2 nuclear missile could reach British shores
The politician said: “If Finland wants to join this bloc, then our aim is absolutely legitimate – to question the existence of this state”. It’s logic.
‘If the United States threatens our state, that’s fine: here comes the Sarmat [Satan-2 missile] for you, and there will be nuclear ashes of you if you think Russia shouldn’t exist.
“And Finland says it is one with the United States. Well, line up.
“Finns in general should be grateful to Russia for their statehood, for the fact that Finland exists as a country.”
Putin ally Aleksey Zhuravlyov boasted Britain could be attacked in just over three minutes
When asked if Russia would now rebase nuclear weapons on its border with Finland, he replied: “For what?” We don’t need it.
“We can hit with a Sarmat from Siberia and even reach the UK.
“And if we strike from Kaliningrad… the time to reach hypersonic is 200 seconds – so go ahead, guys.”
“At the Finnish border, we will not have strategic weapons, but Kinzhal-class, which will reach Finland in 20 seconds, or even 10 seconds.”
He said Russia would massively reinforce its military forces on its western flank.
The Satan-2 Sarmat missile is a 208 ton, 15,880 mph intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)
‘It’s natural. If until now we did not foresee possible hostilities from Finland, then now they are quite possible.
“And that must be taken into account, without a doubt.”
He claimed that Finland was enticed to join NATO by the United States and Britain.
“The Finns have nothing to share with us. They receive over 90% of the gas, wood and much more from us.
“Who needs to fight first? Finns? They are not afraid of Russia attacking them. “Of course, sooner or later the Americans will force them to do it.
“Just like they forced Ukraine to do, they are trying to force Poland and Romania. And, as practice shows, they succeed.
“It is impossible to say that Finland will join NATO and behave towards us as before – it will not happen. The Americans will incite them to provocations.
“We endure a long time. But it can’t last forever.
Reflecting the view of hardliners around Vladimir Putin, he said: “The United States will do everything possible to make World War III happen.
‘Just not on their territory.
“They will try not to carry out nuclear strikes, but they will try to drag all of Europe into a conflict with Russia, to escalate the situation in Asia, [and] set fire to as many countries as possible.
Putin (pictured yesterday) caused frustration as Ukraine invasion failed
“For them, it will be a very good way out of the internal economic crisis.
“They will be able to attribute all their problems to the war, as they already did in the First World War and the Second World War.
“They only came out of their crisis thanks to the war in Europe. But there is a great danger: who guarantees that nuclear missiles will not fly? I do not guarantee it.
Asked by the Ura media if Russia could strike first with nuclear weapons, he replied: “Certainly”.
Asked under what conditions, he replied that it would happen if Russia’s existence was threatened.
Finland and Sweden now joined an Alliance that wants to destroy Russia. Therefore, we want to destroy them in response.
Asked about the Baltics Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, he said Russia would crush them if necessary.
“We’re certainly not afraid of these peanuts,” he said.
“They are as mean as bedbugs. But they will need to be overwritten if necessary. Now the bug is small and smelly.
“They would have asserted territorial claims against us, as Estonia wanted to do. Well, try it. They follow exactly the same path as Ukraine. Let’s see where that takes them.
He claimed that St. Petersburg – Putin’s birthplace – could be NATO’s first target in a war with Russia.
‘That’s the main goal [in this direction]. There is no doubt about it,” he said.
“The question is different. Today we are conducting a special operation, saving all the lives of the civilian population, and the Ukrainian Nazis, on the contrary, because they are not their people, and for them, the more victims, the better .
“If the Finns want to destroy a certain part of our population, if they strike at St. Petersburg, it threatens to destroy all of Finland as a state. Well, how else? “How can a normal person perceive this: you have destroyed a bit – we have a bit? No, it won’t.
The new Russian hypersonic “big beast” Sarmat is a 208-ton intercontinental ballistic missile at 15,880 mph.
Putin said the weapon is “unstoppable” by the West and “has no analogues…in the world for a long time.”
It should be rolled out this year.
Recently, hawkish TV presenter Dmitry Kiselyov, 68, told his Russian audience that Britain should be flooded twice with Putin’s most advanced nuclear weapons.
He proposed the use of Satan-2 to wipe England off the map.
Next, Russia is expected to “plunge Britain into the depths of the sea” with its “Poseidon underwater robotic drone” causing a 1,640ft tsunami.
Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned this week of the risk of nuclear war.
The Kinzhal hypersonic missile was deployed with conventional warheads during the war in Ukraine – but it is also nuclear capable.
Russia has separately urged its people not to travel to Britain and has pledged to block British citizens seeking to enter its country.
It is unclear whether these measures portend a more serious diplomatic rift with London.
The move coincided with the UK’s sanctioning of Vladimir Putin’s alleged lover, Alina Kabaeva, 39, an Olympic gold medalist gymnast and leader of a pro-Kremlin media company.
Moscow accuses Britain of acting as Western coordinator and leader of NATO’s harsh response to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
In a statement, the Russian Foreign Ministry said: “In view of the extremely hostile behavior of the United Kingdom towards our country, in order to avoid financial losses and other possible problems, we recommend that Russian citizens refrain, if possible, from traveling to the UK and trying to obtain UK visas.
“Until the situation is normalized, we will act in the same way vis-à-vis the British.”
The statement read: “Recently, the Russian Foreign Ministry has received numerous complaints from Russian citizens that it has become virtually impossible or extremely difficult for them to obtain a visa to the UK.”
“We are not only talking about tourists, but also Russians working in the UK on contract, as well as those who want to visit relatives or reunite with their families.
“In this regard, the question of the current unacceptable situation was raised with the British Embassy in Moscow, and they demanded a clear explanation of the essence of the problem.
“According to the explanations of the British, at present, the British visa service would give priority to the processing of visa applications for Ukrainian refugees.
“For this reason, the consideration of applications for UK visas from Russians is significantly delayed.”
The ministry complained that “the situation is aggravated by the aspect related to the mandatory prepayment of consular fees by bank transfer after completing the electronic questionnaire”.
“Given the anti-Russian sanctions imposed by London, it will not be possible to pay with Visa or Mastercard from the Russian issuing bank, as this must be done on the UK site.
“They pointed out directly to the British that this approach by London towards the ordinary citizens of our country contradicts all previous Russian-British agreements on consular matters.
“They also declared the absolute unacceptability of such a dismissive attitude towards Russians.
“The corresponding actions of British officials can only be described as a politicized violation of the rights of Russian citizens.”