A Russian state television report simulating a nuclear attack launched off the coast of County Donegal has caused consternation in Ireland.
Dmitry Kiselyov, a pro-Kremlin presenter on Channel One known as “Vladimir Putin’s spokesman”, showed video on Monday of an underwater missile causing doomsday over Ireland and the UK.
Russia could “plunge Britain into the depths of the sea” using an unmanned underwater vehicle called Poseidon, he said. “The explosion of this thermonuclear torpedo by the British coast will cause a gigantic wave of tsunami up to 500 meters high. Such a dam alone carries extreme doses of radiation. After crossing the British Isles, it will transform what may remain of it into a radioactive wasteland.
The report did not name Ireland but the simulation showed its destruction with Britain, which angered the Kremlin by supplying weapons to Ukraine.
Irish politicians condemned the report. Neale Richmond, a lawmaker from the ruling Fine Gael party, has called for the expulsion of Russia’s ambassador to Ireland, Yury Filatov.
Billy Kelleher, an MEP, tweeted: “It’s time to tell the Russian government that this wild language is simply unacceptable to us.”
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and naval exercises off the coast of Ireland have sparked a debate in Ireland about the state’s military neutrality and weak defense forces.
The TV report made headlines in several Irish newspapers on Tuesday, including the Irish edition of The Sun. ‘Mad Vlad is out of his rocket – Russia threatens to bomb Ireland,’ the print headline read.
The Russian Embassy in Dublin said in a statement: “The views and presentations of the TV show are those of the editors. Russia’s official position has always been that there can be no winner in a war. nuclear power and that it must never be triggered.