Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned of a new anti-US military coalition amid rising tensions over the war in Ukraine.
The United States and Russia have long viewed each other as adversaries on the world stage, but Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine last February caused the two countries to grow even further apart as the US supported Kiev and the Eastern European nation humanitarian and military aid. , resulting in fierce condemnation from the Kremlin.
Even Medvedev, an ally of Putin who was once seen as more balanced in dealing with the West, has now adopted stronger anti-Western rhetoric during the conflict. He is now deputy chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation and has launched several verbal attacks against the West, including the US, in recent weeks.
In a Telegram post on Sunday, Medvedev warned that Russia could join other countries opposed to US hegemony and form a military coalition to weaken its dominance in world politics.
The warning came as Medvedev chastised the US for giving Ukraine stronger weapons to use on the battlefield against Putin’s forces. The US announced increased military aid to Ukraine last week, but has still resisted many of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s requests to send tanks.
Medvedev wrote that the US has “enough weapons” to send to Ukraine to “try to wear us down, or rather destroy us”. But he warned that a prolonged conflict could backfire, resulting in the formation of this supposed coalition.
“In the event of a protracted conflict, a new military alliance will emerge at some point from the countries that have given the Americans and their pack of neutered dogs,” Medvedev wrote. “This has always happened in the history of mankind during long wars. And then the states will finally throw the old Europe and the remnants of the unfortunate Ukrainians, and the world will return to equilibrium.”
Medvedev gave no specific details about this alleged alliance, including which countries could join and what its goals would be beyond opposing the US. , including China.
There is some historical priority for an anti-Western military alliance. The Warsaw Pact, made up of the Soviet Union and other Eastern European countries, was created in response to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). However, the organization was disbanded in 1991.
Some former Warsaw Pact members, including Hungary and Poland, have since joined NATO.
This was the last glaring comment Medvedev made since the start of the “special military operation” in Ukraine. Earlier this month, he called on Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to crack himself open after he made a statement with President Joe Biden denouncing Russia’s possible use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine. Last May, he predicted the “collapse” of a US-centric world.
News Week contacted the Russian Foreign Ministry and world politics experts for comment.