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A Russian official boasted that Russia would destroy NATO countries in “half an hour” if the conflict escalated using nuclear weapons.
Dmitry Rogozin, head of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency and former deputy prime minister, said on Sunday that in the event of a nuclear war, “NATO countries will be destroyed by Russia within half an hour.”
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He stressed that such an event “cannot be allowed because the consequences will have an impact on the [entire] Earth.”
Russia has sparked fear and concern over the potential use of nuclear weapons as Russian President Vladimir Putin prepares for Victory Day celebrations on May 9, including a massive military parade and ” nuclear theme” which he hopes will send a “doomsday warning to Europe and the United States.
The parade will include the flight of the Russian Ilyushin Il-80, known as the “doomsday” aircraft that will carry top administration officials in the event of nuclear war.
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As head of Roscosmos, Rogozin oversees the launch and management of Russian satellites, which would include some crossover between intelligence and war support functions.
But Rogozin is no stranger to outlandish comments.
He made several “erratic” comments following Western sanctions that punished Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, including threats against the International Space Station.
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He also claimed that Russian rockets are “the most reliable in the world” and suggested that the people who planned the sanctions “suffered from Alzheimer’s disease”.
“He just threatened that the space station might de-orbit on American or European soil. He said it wouldn’t fly over Russian soil, so we don’t have to worry about that,” the former previously said. astronaut Terry Virts at Fox News Digital. , referring to a series of tweet of Rogozin.
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“His behavior has been very erratic recently, like Putin,” Virts added. “I don’t think anything bad is going to happen. I hope we can maintain our partnership, but the things Putin has done are so overstepping the red line.”
Rogozin has appeared in public several times with Russian President Vladimir Putin, including during a recent visit to the Vostochny Cosmodrome last month when Russia hosted Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
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