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Dmitry Rogozin, head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos and former deputy prime minister, said on Sunday that in the event of a nuclear war, “NATO countries will be destroyed by Russia in half an hour”.
He stressed that such an event “cannot be allowed because the consequences will have an impact on [entire] Land.”
Russia has raised fear and concern about the potential use of nuclear weapons as Russian President Vladimir Putin prepares the Victory Day celebrations on May 9thincluding a massive military parade and a “nuclear theme” that he hopes will send a “doomsday warning to Europe and the United States”.
The parade will include the flight of the Russian Ilyushin Il-80known as the “doomsday” plane that will transport the top administration in the event of a nuclear war.
As the head of Roscosmos, Rogozin oversees the launch and management of Russian satellites, which would include some intelligence and war support functions.
But Rogozin is no stranger to making extravagant comments.
Hey done several “irregular” comments. following Western sanctions that punished Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, including threats to the International Space Station.
He also claimed that Russian rockets are “the most reliable in the world” and suggested that the people who planned the sanctions “suffered from Alzheimer’s.”
“He just threatened that the space station could deorbit on American or European soil. He said it doesn’t fly over Russian soil, so we don’t have to worry about it,” former astronaut Terry Virts previously told Fox News Digital, referring to a series of tweet by Rogozin.
“His behavior has been very erratic recently, like Putin,” added Virts. “I don’t think anything bad will happen. I hope we can keep our partnership, but the things Putin has done are so dramatically over the red line.”
Rogozin has appeared several times in public with Russian President Vladimir Putin, including a recent visit to the Vostochny Cosmodrome last month when Russia hosted Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.