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Russia’s Medvedev slams Kiev's drone attacks on Black Sea tanker, vows reprisal raids

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Then-PM Dmitry Medvedev attends a November 2018 press briefing in Beijing, China. (File photo)

Russia's senior national security official and ex-president has suggested further reprisal attacks in western Ukraine in response to Kiev's recent drone raids against cities and a chemical tanker in the Black Sea threatening an environmental disaster, saying Kiev only understands language of “cruelty and force.” 

“Scumbags and freaks understand only cruelty and force,” said Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, in a social media post, cited in a RT report on Saturday while blasting Kiev's Western-backed government for its recent targeting of Russian cities and commercial shipping near Crimea coastline, endangering the region with possible environmental tragedy.

“Apparently, the strikes on Odessa, Izmail, and other places were not enough for them,” Medvedev added, further warning that if Kiev intends to generate an ecological disaster in the Black Sea region, Moscow would then retaliate by creating one in Western Ukraine that would spill into Poland and cause such huge detrimental impact that would last for centuries.

“If the Kiev scum wants to create an ecological disaster in the Black Sea, they should get one on the part of their territory that will soon fall to Poland and that will stink for centuries after that,” he emphasized in his post.

The top official further pointed out that attacking Russian fuel tankers signals the cancelling of any talks leading to the resumption of the 2022 Black Sea grain deal that allowed safe export of Ukrainian grain via the Black Sea during the raging conflict between the two neighbors. Moscow quit the deal on July 17.

Ukraine has repeatedly used naval drones laden with explosives to attack Russian naval fleets that dominate the Black Sea, prompting Moscow to block Ukrainian grain exports through its favored export route.

Kremlin also underlined that Kiev was using the grain export corridor in the deal as a cover to launch attacks against Russian targets.

Prior to Kiev’s latest drone strike damaging the Russian fuel tanker in the Black Sea, Moscow had said it was ready to return to the grain deal if the West meets its obligations, including the ability to export its own food and fertilizers.

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