In an interview with the Iraqi Al-Nujaba TV, former Russian diplomat Oleg Fomin said that Russia is not afraid that the U.S. will attack Russia, but that it is preparing to retaliate in the event of an attack. He said that American leaders are crazy, and that many ordinary people laugh at how the Americans elected President Trump. Fomin said that he had heard Vladimir Putin jokingly say that whoever attacks Russia would "die like dogs," and that the Russians would proceed to Paradise as martyrs. He added that everything is possible, including a military confrontation with the U.S. in Syria. Oleg Fomin is a council member of the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society and the Deputy Chair of the Libyan and Syrian People's Solidarity Council. The interview aired on October 26, 2018.
Following are excerpts:
Interviewer: Do you fear – or worry- that the U.S. will strike Russia militarily?
Oleg Fomin: Obviously, we are…
Interviewer: Is this a possibility?
Oleg Fomin: We are not afraid, but we are ready. The United States is the only country in the world to have used the nuclear power, against Japan, when there was no need for this. They used biological weapons in Vietnam, and were preparing to use nuclear power there. In other words, they have a mentality… Their leaders are crazy. Look at President Donald Trump. Many ordinary people think he's crazy. They laugh at how the American people elected such a person to that position. We are not afraid. We are preparing to retaliate against the attack. Like Putin said, we will not strike first, but we are fully capable of responding to the attack. He was even joking, and said that if America, the power of evil, started a war against us, we will die as martyrs, and that as a result of the Russian military response our rivals will die like dogs. That's what he said. They will die like dogs, and we will proceed to Paradise, as martyrs. That's what he said.
Interviewer: That's beautiful.
Oleg Fomin: I heard this with my own ears.
Interviewer: Is it possible that America and Russia clash on Syrian land?
Oleg Fomin: What do you mean by "clash"?
Interviewer: Military confrontation.
Oleg Fomin: It's possible. Everything is possible.