The number of high-ranking ?morons? in NATO states is on the rise, Dmitry Medvedev says
The conflict in Ukraine may lead to World War III because of the "idiots" occupying leading roles in the West, former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev has warned.
"The number of high-ranking morons is rising in NATO member states," he wrote on Telegram on Sunday. Medvedev, who currently serves as the deputy head of Russia's Security Council, was responding to statements from London and Berlin the previous day.
The former president labeled the UK's newly appointed Defense Secretary Grant Shapps a "freshly minted cretin" over his idea of sending British military instructors to Ukraine to train local troops for the conflict with Russia.
If this happens, the UK servicemen would become a "legitimate target" for Russian forces, Medvedev warned.
Shapps has proposed deploying instructors to Ukraine, "knowing fully well that they'll be mercilessly destroyed, and no longer as mercenaries, but precisely as British NATO specialists," the Russian official wrote.
Medvedev also described the head of the German parliament's defense committee, Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, as "another fool" after she urged Berlin to supply long-range Taurus cruise missiles to Kiev. She also claimed that Ukrainian attacks on targets inside Russia using those German-made munitions would be in full compliance with international law.
"In this case, the [Russian] strikes on German factories where those missiles are being made would also be in full compliance with international law," he said.
"Still, those idiots are actively pushing us towards World War III," the former president concluded.
In a previous post on Saturday, Medvedev insisted that Moscow's military operation in Ukraine would continue until the current regime in Kiev is "destroyed and the historic Russian territories are liberated from the enemy."
Moscow has repeatedly warned that deliveries of weapons to Ukraine by Western countries only prolong the fighting and increase the risk of a direct military confrontation between Russia and NATO. Russian officials have also argued that the provision of arms, intelligence-sharing and the training of Kiev's troops already means that Western nations have de facto become parties to the conflict.