Russian lawmaker threatens Alaska with missile strikes

Russian State Duma deputy Andrey Gurulyov recently threatened to attack Alaska with a series of different missile attacks.

While appearing on Russian state TV, Gurulyov, host Olga Skabeyeva and other Russian commentators talked about attacking different targets in the US, including the Lone Star State, but Gurulyov chimed in, saying: “Texas doesn’t need to be attacked. “We have a strategic nuclear force that controls the territory of the United States. Let me remind you that there is Alaska on the other side of the strait,” according to subtitles by Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to the Ukrainian internal affairs minister.

“There are our operational Iskander missiles, ballistic, cruise missiles are quite capable of sweeping Alaska to the ground,” Gurulyov said. “It doesn’t take much, a couple of brigades will do.”

When another commenter chimed in and asked why Russia would attack Alaska, Skabeyeva responded by saying “so they would feel scared.”

Gurulyov and Skabeyeva’s comments come amid the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, which has raged for more than a year with heavy fighting between the two nations in several different parts of Ukraine.

This photograph shows an unexploded missile rocket in the village of Shchurove in eastern Ukraine on December 23, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. On Friday, May 26, 2023, Russian State Duma deputy Andrey Gurulyov threatened Alaska with missile attacks. Sameer Al-Doumy/AFP/Getty

As the war has continued, the US has repeatedly condemned Russia and President Vladimir Putin, while also providing Ukraine with a variety of different military assistance, from missiles, tanks, drones and air defense systems.

On the other hand, Putin and Russia have also criticized the United States for its aid to Ukraine. Dmitry Medvedev, a former Russian president and current member of Putin’s Security Council, has warned that the world will become more “dangerous” if more weapons are supplied to Ukraine.

“And the more destructive these weapons are, the more likely the scenario of what is commonly called a nuclear apocalypse becomes,” Medvedev was quoted as saying by Russian state news agency TASS.

This is not the first time Russian commentators have talked about Alaska since the ongoing war began. The United States bought Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million in 1867.

“The Congress of Vienna [of 1814-1815] recognized that Warsaw belongs to the Russian Empire. The Congress of Vienna recognized that Finland belongs to the Russian Empire. I agree not to return to the boundaries of Helsinki, but at least to the boundaries of the Congress of Vienna,” Yevgeny Satanovsky, president of Russia’s Middle East Institute, said in February while appearing on state television. “Alaska is ours again”.

Similarly, in July, Vyacheslav Volodin, the chairman of the Russian State Duma, responded to US sanctions against Russia, saying: “When [U.S. lawmakers] attempt to grab our assets abroad, they should be aware that we also have something to claim.”

In March, Gurulyov suggested that Russia should “erase [Britain] off the face of the earth”, calling them the “main bastard” and “instigator” of the Russian-Ukrainian war as one of Ukraine’s main allies.

news week reached out to the Russian Foreign Ministry and the US State Department by email for comment.