The former Russian president has accused Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of embarrassing their ancestors who died from atomic bombs after he and US President Joe Biden issued a joint statement antagonizing the Russians over their actions towards Ukraine.
It was the latest in a long series of provocative and shocking comments from Medvedev, who was previously considered a reformer from the West but became an archhawk after Russia invaded Ukraine in April this year.
Kishida is currently in the US for a meeting with President Joe Biden, and after the conference, Kishida made no mention of Medvedev’s remark and no one asked any questions.
Japanese officials who traveled with Kishida did not respond to requests for comment. And from Japan, there was no one to comment on the remarks to the prime minister, either from the prime minister’s residence or from the Foreign Ministry, because the comments were made after office hours.
Medvedev is a well-known long-time ally of Putin, who currently serves as deputy head of Russia’s Security Council, which deals with the country’s defense.
Their meeting ended with a joint statement that reads:
“We unequivocally state that any use of nuclear weapons by Russia in Ukraine would be an act of hostility to humanity and in no way justifiable.”
Last Saturday, Kishida stated that his G7 Summit of Industrialized Countries, which will be held in Hiroshima in May, will show determination in defending international order and law after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
According to Medvedev, their attitude towards nuclear weapons showed “paranoia” towards Russia and was a shameful act that betrayed the feelings of hundreds of thousands of victims of the atomic bomb dropped by the United States on Japan.
He suggested that this shame could only be washed away by performance seppuku – the act of suicide by disembowelment, also called hara-kiri.
Since the Russian attack on Ukraine, Medvedev has repeatedly warned that Western involvement could trigger a nuclear war. He also often referred to Ukrainians as “cockroaches” in a language Kyiv declares to be clearly involved in genocide.
Putin stated the possibility of a nuclear war, but said that Russia has not “gone mad” and sees its nuclear arsenal as a defensive weapon.
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