Russia’s former president threatens to unleash nuclear war if his country loses the war with Ukraine

(CNN) Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday threatened to use nuclear weapons if his country lost the war in Ukraine.

“The loss of a nuclear power in a conventional war could lead to the outbreak of a nuclear war,” Medvedev, who holds the position of deputy head of Russia’s Security Council, said via Telegram.

Medvedev’s remarks came ahead of the Ukrainian Contact Group meeting, where the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and other countries are expected to make additional commitments to provide military support to Kiev.

The former Russian president questioned the reasons for Western support for Ukraine, saying: “The nuclear powers are not losing the major conflicts on which their fate depends, and that should be clear to everyone.”

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