Dmitry Medvedev, the president of Russia's Security Council and an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, threatened late yesterday that the United States could soon suffer an attack along the lines of September 11, 2001, but with nuclear strikes, just a day before the anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
Medvedev, a top Kremlin propagandist who previously served as Russia's president from 2008 to 2012 and prime minister from 2012 to 2020, has made many hostile comments to the United States over the past year and a half as the country has provided extensive aid to Ukraine in its fight against Russia's invasion. Among those comments, he has frequently invoked the specter of World War III and nuclear weapons attacks in response to the U.S. continuing to oppose Russian interests.
On Sunday, he made a post on his official Telegram account, calling it "a few words on the eve of [9/11]." In it, he mocked the US for what he called "arrogance and disgusting narcissism" among Western nations and their "global arrogance on any issue." Near the end of the post, he also made the ominous prediction that the US would suffer "another 9/11/2001-style attack, but with a nuclear or biological element," without directly implying that Russia would be the nation to launch the attack.
A translation of the lengthy post was shared on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, by Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine's interior minister.
"I don't want to predict, but [the US] will see that at some point the terrorists will launch another 9/11/2001-type attack, but with a nuclear or biological element," Medvedev wrote, as translated by Gerashchenko. "Or even worse: one of the leaders of the nuclear countries will lose his courage and make an emotional decision to use weapons of mass destruction. Especially since the nuclear club is constantly expanding and a significant part of it is not bound by any obligation."
He continued: "And then that would be the end of it. The end of the game. It would only exist to raise money for a new memorial in the neighborhood of Ground Zero. At best."
Last month, during an interview with the Russian state news agency Tass, Medvedev made similar comments, suggesting that the US and other Western nations are pushing the world closer to World War III.
"Frankly speaking, it would certainly have been better if they had heard [the signals]," Medvedev said. "In any case, the world would not have had to face the threat of World War III. In fact, at this point our adversaries are actively pushing everyone."