Israel will ‘destroy’ relations with Moscow if Tel Aviv sends arms to Ukraine: Medvedev
Russia’s former President Dmitry Medvedev says Israel will “destroy” all ties with Moscow if Tel Aviv insists on the “very reckless move” of supplying Ukraine with weapons.
The Israeli regime’s diaspora affairs minister Nachman Shai on Monday said that “time has come for Ukraine to receive military aid” from Israeli after repeating the accusation that Iran was sending weapons to Russia, despite firm rejection of such an allegation by Tehran.
Later in the day, Medvedev, currently serving as deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council, said that Tel Aviv would destroy all ties with Moscow if it supplied Kiev with weapons to be used against Russia.
“Israel seems to be going to supply weapons to the Kiev regime; a very reckless move. It will destroy all interstate relations between” Moscow and Tel Aviv, Medvedev said in a Telegram post, saying that Ukraine is praising “Nazi” heroes.
“If they are supplied with weapons then it is time for Israel to declare (Stepan) Bandera and (Roman) Shukhevych their heroes,” the Russian senior politician added, referring to Ukraine's nationalist leaders of the 1940s and 1950s.
Bandera was the leader of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), and Shukhevich led the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA). Both organizations are outlawed in Russia.
Russia began its “special military operation” in Ukraine on February 24, with declared aims of “demilitarizing” and “denazifying” Donbas, which is made up of the Donetsk and Luhansk self-proclaimed republics.
Donetsk and Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia constitute four Ukrainian regions Russia recognized as independent sovereign states last month after holding referendums that saw massive participation of voters. The said regions joined the Russian Federation following the referendums.
Since the onset of the war, the United States and its European allies have unleashed an array of unprecedented sanctions against Russia and sent advanced weapons to Ukraine to help it fend off Russian forces, despite repeated warnings by the Kremlin that such measures will only prolong the war.