During a recent broadcast on Russian state television, a former senior Russian official predicted that an attack on Moscow by Ukraine or its allies was inevitable.
Andrei Fedorov, former deputy foreign minister of Russia and former advisor to both the prime minister and vice president of Russia, made the prediction during a session hosted by foreign policy analyst Maxim Usin on Russia’s HTB channel.
The topic under discussion was the provision of combat aircraft by Western countries to the Ukrainian president Volodymyr ZelenskyArmy. Another member asked Fedorov if these weapons would constitute the Russian president’s transit Russian President Vladimir Putin“Red lines” that would push him to escalate the conflict.
Fedorov replied that giving planes to Ukraine is not one of Russia’s red lines. When asked if he knew what these lines were for the Kremlin, Fedorov replied: “I know, yes.”
Then he was asked to name some of Putin’s red lines.
“It is a blow to the command centers in Moscow,” he said.
He was asked if he meant “attempted strike”.
“A hit, not an attempt. A hit that must happen will be a red line,” Fedorov said.
a section From the exchange shared on Twitter Anton Gerashchenko, who works as an advisor to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.
The bold predictions were not the first time that Fedorov had made such a statement in connection with a possible attack on Moscow. After late September Lehman restoration– A Ukrainian city in the Donetsk region – He and other pundits on Yusin’s HTB show expressed amazement at the strength of Zelensky’s forces.
This was published by journalist Julia Davis, founder of the Russian Media Monitor clip Fedorov’s reaction to Lehman’s release on October 1, 2022.
“Radical changes are taking place because Russia has occupied these regions, or rather, annexed them, and because of this, Ukraine has started a war to liberate these territories,” Fedorov said. “Not some kind of special operations, but war.”
He followed this up by saying that the Ukrainian army could then strike deep into Russian territory.
When asked if Moscow could be the target of such a strike, Fedorov replied: “Yes, of course.”
Some reports indicate that the Kremlin may already be preparing a strike on Moscow. In January, photos and videos of what users had to say went viral on social media Pantsir-S1 air defense systems put on Roofs of many Moscow buildings.
Around the same time, the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov He warned of an escalation in Ukraine if the West provided Kyiv with long-range weapons capable of striking within Russia’s borders.
Newsweek I have reached out to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for comment.
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