On Thursday, April 28, the Russia-1 program "60 Minutes" brought on as a guest Member of Parliament Aleksey Zhuravlyov, who also serves as the leader of the Rodina party.
"One Sarmat [missile] and that's it – the British Isles are no more," said Zhuravlyov to husband and wife co-hosts Evgeny Popov and Olga Skabeyeva.
The politician raised this topic following a segment that included a clip from a British television station featuring a British politician talking about how the United Kingdom is providing military support to Ukraine.
Zhuravlyov is referring to the RS-28 Sarmat superheavy intercontinental ballistic missile. This nuclear-capable missile system recently conducted a successful test.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said no other nuclear weapon systems in the world would be able to compete with the Sarmat for a long time. It would also make those "who, in the heat of frenzied aggressive rhetoric, are trying to threaten our country" think twice before acting against Russia.
"The new complex has the highest tactical and technical characteristics and is capable of overcoming all modern anti-missile defense systems," said Putin. (Related: Putin warns of "lightning-fast" response if America, West try to intervene in Ukraine war.)
After Zhuravlyov suggested striking the United Kingdom with a nuclear missile, Skabeyeva and Popov directed their viewers to an animated infographic that suggests the nuclear missiles could be launched from Kaliningrad, the Russian enclave bordering Poland and Lithuania.
The infographic suggested that nuclear missiles launched from Kaliningrad could reach Berlin in 106 seconds, Paris in 200 seconds and London in 202 seconds.
"Since we are talking about these weapons, the question is can they shoot it down," said Zhuravlyov, referring to the Sarmat missiles. "This missile can't be intercepted. Their abilities are limited. They say they can shoot it down. We'll see about that."
"They need to be shown this picture," said Zhuravlyov, referring to the infographics. "Count the seconds. Can you make it? Let them think about it. Get a stopwatch, count 200 seconds. That's how you talk to them, they don't understand anything else."
Russian TV keeps threatening nuclear strikes against Western nations, desperately trying to deter them from continuing to help Ukraine. On a side note, this is the first state TV host who doesn't seem to be eager to die for the Motherland, arguing with a trigger-happy lawmaker. pic.twitter.com/PBvBP5V1lk
— Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) April 28, 2022
Even before the "60 Minutes" discussion and Zhuravlyov openly supporting pre-emptive nuclear strikes against European nations, Russian media outlets regularly discuss the possibility of the war spreading beyond Ukraine. Some discussions on Russian media even claim that it might be "inevitable" that Russia has to go to war against "Europe and the world" to protect its territorial integrity.
Putin himself said the Russian armed forces and its newest weapons, including the Sarmat, could be ready to lay siege to the U.K. "by autumn."
Before this, Putin vowed to respond at "lightning speed" to countries that attempt to intervene in the war in Ukraine. During an address with politicians in St. Petersburg, he said: "We don't brag [about our nuclear weapons], we will use them."
Officials from the United States and the U.K. have all dismissed Putin's rhetoric as mere saber-rattling. But they have agreed that the possibility of Putin escalating the war on Ukraine without using nuclear weapons is a reality.
A non-nuclear escalation of the war entails Putin declaring an "all-out war" on Ukraine. This would enable the country to launch a general mobilization of the population, which could swell the Russian armed forces' numbers by hundreds of thousands, if not millions.
With the Kremlin's nuclear threat, the possibility of non-nuclear military escalation and the West outright refusing to even negotiate and keeping its severe economic sanctions against Russia in place, tensions are only expected to get worse.
Learn more about the possibility of a nuclear war in Ukraine at NuclearWar.news.
Watch this episode of "The Pete Santilli Show" as host Pete Santilli discusses the Russian threat to launch nuclear missiles against London, Berlin and Paris.