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Russia's Medvedev says any NATO encroachment on Crimea could lead to WWIII

Russia's Medvedev says any NATO encroachment on Crimea could lead to WWIII

Deputy Chairman of Russia's Security Council Dmitry Medvedev attends a military parade on Victory Day, which marks the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, in Red Square in central Moscow, Russia, on May 9, 2022. (Photo: Sputnik/Ekaterina Shtukina/Pool via REUTERS)

Any encroachment on the Crimea peninsula by a NATO member-state could amount to a declaration of war on Russia which could lead to "World War III," Russia's former president, Dmitry Medvedev, was quoted as saying on Monday (Jun 27).

"For us, Crimea is a part of Russia. And that means forever. Any attempt to encroach on Crimea is a declaration of war against our country," Medvedev told the news website Argumenty i Fakty.

"And if this is done by a NATO member-state, this means conflict with the entire North Atlantic alliance; a World War III. A complete catastrophe."

Medvedev, now deputy chairman of Russia's Security Council, also said that if Finland and Sweden joined NATO, Russia would strengthen its borders and would be "ready for retaliatory steps," and that could include the prospect of installing Iskander hypersonic missiles "on their threshold".

Source: Reuters/ec

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