Russian upper house of parliament Konstantin Kosachev warned that the Biden administration could create a “wag the dog” scenario escalation of the Ukraine war, even leading to the use of nuclear weapons if they feel they are losing the race against President Donald Trump in the US election.
The Biden administration may “escalate the situation in Ukraine in order to gain more votes,” Kosachev warned.
“This is a very dangerous situation because the Americans are not afraid to use foreign policy in their inter-party rivalry,” Kosachev continued.
“If one of the parties feels that it needs to escalate the situation in Ukraine in order to gain more votes in the elections, it will do so,” he added.
“So the fact that the presidential election in the United States, which will culminate in 2024, could be a terrible, if not catastrophic event.”
“I can’t guarantee that there will be an escalation, but the risk is obvious to me. The unpredictability of American behavior will increase, and the tail may start wagging the dog again,” Kosachev said.
The term “Wag the Dog” is taken from a 1997 movie in which a spin doctor and a Hollywood producer fabricated a war to distract voters from a presidential sex scandal.
Kosachev also warned that the escalation of war could lead to the use of nuclear weapons in the event of Biden forseeing he will lose the election.
“Fortunately, we have not yet reached that threshold. However, there is a risk of approaching it,” Kosachev said.
Kosachev also claimed that Washington persuaded Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky to abandon peace in 2022.
“They (peace talks) began in March last year but were thwarted by an unprecedented external influence on Ukraine. Then, by decree, President Zelensky banned himself and all other Ukrainian authorities from engaging in such talks,” Kosachev said.
“This is, of course, a decision made by the United States. They most likely have the ability to reverse their decision. But I have not yet seen such intentions,” he added.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken appears to be prepping the US population for nuclear war, saying it is “no more dangerous than … climate change.”
“The potential threat of nuclear war is no more dangerous than the existential problem of climate change, and there is no hierarchy in this regard,” Blinken said.