Russian TV Says Nuclear Strike on U.K. Would Turn it Into 'Martian Desert'

A politician has said on Russian state TV that the country could strike the U.K. with nuclear weapons and turn it into a "Martian desert" over its involvement in Ukraine.

State Duma deputy Andrey Gurulyov, former deputy commander of Russia's southern military district, also sent threats to the U.S. President Joe Biden, Germany and NATO.

The statements come as Ukraine conducts counteroffensives and liberates Russian-held regions in the country.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin. left, speaks during his press conference at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit on September 16, 2022, in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Right, stock photos of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben in London. A Russian lawmaker has not ruled out his country using nuclear weapons against the U.K.. Dan Kitwood/Getty

The Daily Beast's Julia Davis shared the video to her Twitter page on Sunday and reflected on his statements.

"Meanwhile in Russia, more of the usual: nuclear threats against Germany and Britain, cautioning NATO against going into Ukraine," she wrote as a caption.

"This directly clashes with their lies, constantly spewed by state TV, that Russia is already at war with NATO & 'uniformed NATO troops' are in Ukraine."

When asked what Russia should be ready for, Gurulyov replied "victory." He said: "Today I heard, 'If we don't win...' That is not an option, we will win.

"I'll start at the end. We will win, we will win and survive, no matter the cost.

Gurulyov said: "I'm not rejoicing that we're grinding [Ukrainians] up.

"All of us probably know people there. Many have friends and relatives there. But today there's no other choice than to grind it all up."

Gurulyov also spoke about comments Biden has made about the ongoing conflict. Biden has condemned the idea of Russia using nuclear weapons in Ukraine, but Gurulyov said Russia would not do this because its own people will eventually have to live there.

However, he did say Russia could use nuclear weapons in the U.K or Germany. He also dismissed NATO's Article 5 agreement and downplayed the likelihood of retaliation from the military bloc.

The agreement states that, if a NATO ally is the victim of an armed attack, every other member in the alliance will consider it an attack against all members and retaliate.

Gurulyov said: "We should be talking about this, a happy, well-fed German 'Burger' [citizenship] whose butt is already starting to get cold ahead of the coming winter.

"[Biden] should understand that if there's a strike against the decision-making centers, the main decision-making center is Berlin.

"Not only will his house freeze up, but his entire nation will be in total chaos, which essentially means his own demise," said Gurulyov.

"Biden says there would be a reaction, per their Article 5, but if we turn the British Isles into a Martian desert in 3 minutes flat, using tactical nuclear weapons, not strategic ones, they could use Article 5, but for whom?

"A nonexistent country, turned into a Martian desert? They won't respond."

Newsweek has contacted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation for comment.