Sarah Palin Responds to Russia's Alaska Threats—'Things We Can Do About It'

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has criticized Russia for suggestions that the country could "claim back" Alaska amid the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Palin, who is running for Alaska's single seat in the House of Representatives, told Newsmax on Friday that Russia is staking claim to resources that should belong to the U.S. and there are "things we can do about it."

Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of the Russian State Duma and an ally of President Vladimir Putin, said on Wednesday that Alaska was part of Russian territory and his country could claim it back.

"I've been warning people and taking one for the team as I've been mocked forever that here we can see Russia from Alaska," Palin told the network's Eric Bolling.

She was referring to comments she had made while running for vice president in 2008 when she was mocked for comments in an ABC News interview saying Alaskans could "see Russia" from the state.

Palin said on Friday that in 1985, a woman swam from Alaska to Russia. She appears to have been referring to Lynne Cox, who swam from Alaska to the then Soviet Union in 1987.

"And yet people act like Russia's on the other side of the world and there's not much we can do about Russia," Palin said, adding that the country is not so far away that the U.S. cannot track what the Russians are doing.

"You know what they're actually doing besides threatening to take back Alaska?" she said. "They're actually, though, flagging underseas resources that do belong to us - oil, gas, minerals - and our U.S. administration has just kind of sat there and let it happen."

Palin said she had raised that issue during her time as governor. In 2007, Russia symbolically laid claim to a large area of the North Pole that is rich in oil and gas reserves by placing a flag on the sea bed.

Palin was governor from 2006 to 2009 and referred directly to the North Pole flag placement.

"They're physically underwater laying the flag down, saying that it's theirs," she said. "There are things that we can do about it. We don't have to just sit back and act like they're in charge."

Palin suggested that the Biden administration might be "allowing Russia to bulldoze right on over us."

The Russian North Pole claim was made while former President George W. Bush, a Republican, was in office. President Joe Biden has imposed harsh sanctions on Russia since the invasion of Ukraine began on February 24.

Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy also responded to the idea of Russia retaking the state in a tweet on Thursday, writing: "To the Russian politicians who believe they can take back Alaska: Good luck."

Former President Donald Trump is holding a rally in Anchorage, Alaska on Saturday in support of Palin and Dunleavy as well as Republican Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka.

Newsweek has contacted the Palin campaign for comment.

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Former Alaska Governor and 2008 Republican party Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin addresses the audience at the 2016 Western Conservative Summit in Denver, Colorado on July 1, 2016. Palin has criticized Russia after a senior ally of President Vladimir Putin suggested his country could reclaim Alaska. JASON CONNOLLY/AFP/Getty Images