ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA JUNE 30, 2022: United Russia Party chairman Dmitry Medvedev speaks at a plenary session titled Law In A Multipolar World at the 10th St Petersburg International Legal Forum SPILF 2022 at the ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre. The forum runs from 29 June to 1 July 2022. Alexander Demianchuk/TASS PUBLICATIONxINxGERxAUTxONLY TS13853A

Ex-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has warned of a nuclear war in connection with the investigations by the International Criminal Court (ICC) into possible war crimes in Ukraine.

“The idea of ​​punishing a country that has the largest nuclear arsenal is absurd in and of itself,” Medvedev wrote on Telegram on Wednesday.

This may create “a threat to the existence of mankind”. He accused the US of wanting to bring Russia before international courts, even though Washington had never been punished for its own wars.

Medvedev is currently Deputy Chairman of the National Security Council in Russia. From 2008 to 2012 he was Russian head of state, after which he took over the post of prime minister until 2020. Since the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Medvedev has regularly attacked the West with sharp words.

In early June he published an angry message against alleged enemies of Russia, whom he described as “depraved people”.