One of Vladimir Putin's close pals has warned of a "doomsday for mankind" if the West keeps standing up to Russia over the invasion of Ukraine.
Dmitry Medvedev, a former Russian President, took to Telegram to accuse the West of wanting to take "advantage of the military conflict in Ukraine" to "eliminate Russia from the political field".
The current deputy secretary of Russia's security council described this as a "chess game with death".
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He wrote: "Those are the dirty dreams of the Anglo-Saxon perverts, who go to sleep with a secret thought about the breakup of our state, thinking about how to shred us into pieces, cut us into small bits.
"Such attempts are very dangerous and mustn't be underestimated.
"Those dreamers ignore a simple axiom: a forceful disintegration of a nuclear power is always a chess game with death, in which it's known precisely when the check and mate comes: doomsday for mankind."
This isn't the first time that Medvedev, 56, has made ominous nuclear warnings.
Last month, in another post on Telegram, he said that Ukraine and the West "seem to be ready to arrange a new Chernobyl" at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant.
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He noted that the European Union has nuclear power plants of its own, adding that "accidents" could occur at them. That was after he accused Ukraine of being responsible for the dangerous shelling at Zaporizhzhya.
Medvedev's latest rant came following reports that Putin has moved a nuclear submarine into the Mediterranean.
It is thought that the vessel may be the Severodvinsk, Russia's most powerful submarine capable of carrying up to 40 Kalibr land-attack cruise missiles.
Any of those missiles can be equipped with a nuclear warhead.
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