European leaders must be wary of ‘possible incidents’ at their country’s nuclear power plants, says former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Friday.
The ex-Russian leader, who has become increasingly belligerent since the invasion of Ukraine, made the threat in a message on the Telegram messaging app about the bombing of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in the south of Ukraine under Russian control.
Moscow and Kyiv have traded blame over attacks on the facility which experts say could lead to a nuclear disaster.
“It looks like the bastards of Kyiv and their Western patrons are ready to orchestrate another Chernobyl. Rockets and shells are falling closer and closer to the reactor of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant,” Medvedev said in the message.
“They say it’s Russia. This is obviously 100% nonsense, even for the stupid Russophobic public [in the West],” he added.
“What to say,” concluded Medevdev. “Don’t forget that there are also nuclear sites in the European Union. And incidents are possible there too.
Once seen as pro-Western, Medvedvev, the current deputy head of Russia’s Security Council, has made a number of strongly anti-Western and anti-Ukrainian statements since Russia’s attack on Ukraine in February.
Medvedev warned the West in May that sending weapons to Ukraine could lead to a proxy conflict that risked escalating “into a full-scale nuclear war”.