Medvedev says Japanese PM “just an attendant for the Americans” and should ritually disembowel himself!

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The former Russian president suggested on Saturday that the Japanese prime minister should disembowel himself in an act known as hara-kiri for urging Moscow not to use its nuclear weapons.

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It was the latest in a long line of shocking and provocative statements from Dmitry Medvedev, who was once seen as a Western-leaning reformer but has reinvented himself since Russia invaded Ukraine last year.

He was responding to a meeting on Friday between Fumio Kishida and Joe Biden, after which the two leaders issued a joint statement saying: “We state unequivocally that any use of a nuclear weapon by Russia in Ukraine would be an act of hostility against humanity and unjustifiable in any way.”

Mr Medvedev said the statement showed “paranoia” towards Russia and “betrayed the memory of hundreds of thousands of Japanese who were burned in the nuclear fire of Hiroshima and Nagasaki” – a reference to the atomic bombs the US dropped on Japan at the end of the Second World War.

He said Mr Kishida had shown he was “just a service attendant for the Americans”, and that such shame could only be washed away by committing seppuku – a form of suicide by disembowelment, also known as hara-kiri.

Mr Medvedev is a prominent ally of Vladimir Putin, who serves as deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council and of a body overseeing the defence industry.

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, he has warned repeatedly that Western meddling in the crisis could lead to nuclear war, and has referred to Ukrainians as “cockroaches” in language Kyiv says is openly genocidal.

Putin has said that the risk of nuclear war is rising, but insisted Russia has not “gone mad” and that it sees its own nuclear arsenal as a purely defensive deterrent.


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