Russia’s Security Council Deputy Chairman calls for retaliation against Western sanctions

Writing on his Telegram channel, Medvedev urged Russia to inflict maximum damage on countries that have imposed restrictions on Russia and its citizens. 

Dmitry Medvedev, the Deputy Chairman of Russia’s Security Council, has called for a severe and wide-ranging response to Western sanctions against Russia. Medvedev, known for his hardline rhetoric, advocated for actions that would turn life in Western countries into a permanent nightmare.

Writing on his Telegram channel, Medvedev urged Russia to inflict maximum damage on countries that have imposed restrictions on Russia and its citizens.

The former Russian president and prime minister outlined a strategy of comprehensive disruption, suggesting attacks on critical sectors of Western economies and infrastructure. He specifically called for actions to destroy their energy, industry, transportation, banking, and social services. This aggressive stance appears to advocate for a form of asymmetric warfare in response to economic sanctions.

Medvedev’s statement invoked biblical imagery, referencing the Old Testament principle of an eye for an eye to justify his call for retaliation.

These remarks represent a significant escalation in rhetoric from a high-ranking Russian official and may signal a more confrontational approach in Russia’s response to Western sanctions. The call for targeting critical infrastructure and services raises concerns about potential cyber-attacks or other forms of sabotage.

Medvedev’s statement comes amid ongoing tensions between Russia and Western nations over the conflict in Ukraine and the broader geopolitical struggle. It underscores the deep divisions and the potential for further escalation in this international standoff.

While it remains to be seen whether Russia will act on Medvedev’s suggestions, his words are likely to heighten concerns in Western capitals about Russia’s intentions and its willingness to engage in destructive actions beyond conventional military and economic means.

The international community will closely monitor Russia’s actions in the coming weeks and months for any signs of implementation of the strategy outlined by Medvedev. His statement may also prompt renewed discussions in Western countries about strengthening defences against potential Russian cyberattacks or other forms of sabotage.