Vladimir Solovyov, a Russian state television host and ally of the Russian President Vladimir PutinSocial media promoted the message saying it could use a “preventive nuclear strike” to protect itself from Russia’s “senior” forces and weapons. NATO the country
The Post It was written and shared on Telegram on August 11 by Alexander Sosnovsky, identified as a political analyst by the Belarusian state-owned news agency BelTA. Sosnovsky has appeared on Solovyov’s television show in the past. Daily Express. Solovyov, who has been singled out by the US State Department as the face of Kremlin propaganda, re-shared the post the day it was published.
“Denying visas to Russian citizens and declaring the Russian Federation an accomplice to terrorism has cut ties with Europe,” read the Post’s English translation. “It means direct entry into war with Russia. Severing ties, supplying weapons means direct participation in war. Moreover, given the number of NATO countries and their armaments, in war with truly superior forces. This is a real threat. Russia’s existence and deterrent nuclear strike doctrine can be used.
Russian state television figures have repeatedly pushed one Escalation of the ongoing war In Ukraine and even suggested that there may be conflict A stepping stone to a bigger fight against NATO. But without a decisive Russian victory more than five months into the Ukraine war, it’s unclear how the country will fare against the 30-member military coalition.
Putin has not publicly expressed any definite plans to take or declare the conflict beyond Ukraine’s borders. War against NATOBut he has warned in recent months that any countries They “pose a strategic threat to Russia”. Ukraine can expect “retaliatory strikes” during the offensive.
Sosnovsky’s comments on visas for Russian citizens came after the leaders European Union Members Finland and Estonia last week called on fellow European nations to stop issuing tourist visas to Russians amid the war.
“#Visiting Europe is a privilege, not a human right….It’s time to end tourism from Russia,” Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas Tweeted On August 9.
Her Finnish counterpart, Sana Marin, told Finnish broadcasters YLE It was wrong on August 8 “while Russia is waging an aggressive, brutal war of aggression in Europe, at the same time Russians can live normal lives, travel to Europe, be tourists.”
Estonia announced last week that it would bar most Russians from entering its borders with Estonian-issued Schengen visas, joining several other countries—Latvia, Lithuania and the Czech Republic—in cracking down on Russian travel to Europe, Reuters reported.
As Sosnovski noted in his post, Latvia’s parliament, called Saimaa, adopted a statement on August 11 recognizing Russia’s alleged violence against Ukrainian civilians as “terrorism” and labeling Russia a state sponsor of terrorism.
Saima also called out to others EU The countries immediately stopped issuing tourist and entry visas to Russian and Belarusian citizens.
Newsweek NATO, Solovyov and the Kremlin were contacted for comment.