Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday said British officials had become “legitimate military targets” because of the UK’s continued support for Ukraine during the ongoing Russian invasion.
“The UK is acting as an ally of Ukraine by providing it with military aid in the form of equipment and specialists, that is, it is de facto waging an undeclared war against Russia,” he said in a tweet. “That being the case, any of its public officials (whether military or civilian, who facilitate war) can be considered legitimate military targets.”
Medvedev, who is also a deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, has become infamous for his outlandish comments relating to the war in Ukraine, the threat of a nuclear escalation, and Russia’s ever-deteriorating relations with Western nations.
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Though his most recent remarks were in response to comments from British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly, who said from a press conference in Estonia on Tuesday that Ukraine has a “legitimate right” to defend itself and can “project force”. beyond its borders, Sky News reported.
He smartly told reporters that Kiev has the right to strike “legitimate military targets” beyond its borders as part of its self-defense to halt Russia’s war effort.
“We should recognize that,” he added in an apparent shift in how Western allies view the war in Ukraine after more than a year of NATO trying to balance support for Kiev by preventing the war from slipping beyond Ukraine’s borders .
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Medvedev responded to Cleverly by calling the UK Russia’s “eternal enemy” and said that under “universally accepted international law governing modern warfare” – which Moscow violated by illegally invading Ukraine – the UK could also “being qualified as at war” given its support to Kiev.
Cleverly’s remarks were in response to questions from reporters after a drone strike hit Moscow on Tuesday and damaged three apartment buildings.
Five of the eight drones fired at Moscow, some 310 miles from the Ukrainian border, were shot down while the other three were stranded and veered off course, according to Russia’s Defense Ministry.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin called the attack a “terrorist” act by Ukraine.
Kiev has denied launching drones on Moscow.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.