Faced with US sanctions, Russian officials are demanding the return of Alaska

Vyacheslav Volodin, chef de la Douma, in May 2021 – Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

After Donbass, Alaska? Whereas Nineteen weeks after their invasion began on February 24, the Russian military continues to advance into eastern Ukrainian territory., Moscow is at the center of all international sanctions, which puts the country’s economy in a difficult situation. Western sanctions have deeply displeased local elected officials, who are scrambling to act.

This Wednesday, it was reported that Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of the Duma, the lower house of the Russian federal legislature, sounded an unnecessary but clear warning during a meeting with local officials. Newsweek.

“When they try to get hold of our assets abroad, they should know that we have something to claim,” began a close friend of Vladimir Putin, directly referring to Alaska, which was owned by the US government before it was sold to Washington in March 1867. For a price of 7.2 million dollars.

Antarctica and California?

The latest exodus further highlights not only the apparent tensions, but also the growing rift between Russia and the US, while the head of Russian diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov felt an “Iron Curtain” was falling between his country and the West. A vocabulary voluntarily borrowed from the Cold War, combined with several threats to use nuclear weapons on Moscow’s part in recent weeks, raises fears of a desire for conflict.

This isn’t the first time Alaska in particular has been at the center of all eyes. At the level of the Bering Strait, this territory is less than five kilometers from Russia, separated only by the level of the Big and Small Diomet Islands. As for the main part of the state, it is separated from its neighboring states by a distance of less than 90 kilometers.

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Earlier this year, Oleg Matvishev, a member of the Duma, demanded on Russian television that the United States “take back all Russian assets of the Soviet Union and the Russian Empire of today’s Russia.” .’ In addition to Alaska, it also refers to part of California, which was briefly Russian in the 18th century, but also to Antarctica. “We found it, so we own it,” he said.

Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy responded strongly on Twitter. “Good luck with that! Not if we don’t say anything about it. We have hundreds of thousands of armed and military Alaskans who see things differently,” he wrote.

Original article published on BFMTV.com

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