Vladimir Putin’s accomplices threaten to take back Alaska from the United States
Russian lawmakers loyal to President Vladimir Putin have threatened to reclaim Alaska from the United States if Western countries continue to impose sanctions as punishment for the war in Ukraine.
Russia’s longest-serving lawmaker, Vyacheslav Volodin, warned on Wednesday that the Kremlin could reclaim the state, which was sold to the United States in 1867.
“Decency is not weakness,” the speaker of the State Duma, the lower house of Russia’s parliament, told a parliamentary session. “We always have something to answer. Let America always remember that there is a part of its territory… Alaska.
He warned: “When they start trying to dispose of our resources overseas, let them think before doing so so that we also have something to recover.
He urged other members of the Duma to “keep an eye on Alaska.”
The United States bought Alaska from Tsar Alexander II for $7.2 million – that’s $142.2 million in today’s money – in an unpopular treaty orchestrated by the Secretary of State. State of the time, William Seward, who was derided in the press as “the madness of Seward”.
The gold-rich territory became a state in 1959.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has implored Western allies to sell off Russian assets, including foreign real estate and yachts owned by sanctioned oligarchs, to pay for the recovery of his country’s decimated economy.
Another Duma deputy, Pyotr Tolstoy – a great-great-grandson of “War and Peace” author Leo Tolstoy – went so far as to propose holding a referendum in Alaska.
Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavya Republican, responded Thursday to the scathing insinuations of Russian lawmakers with a cheeky taunt.
“To Russian politicians who believe they can take back Alaska: good luck,” he tweeted.
The latest threats came after billboards appeared in the Russian city of Krasnoyarsk declaring, “Alaska is ours! local news outlet NGS24 reported.
The panels were ordered by a local company called “Alaska”, which manufactures trailers.
An employee of the trailer manufacturer explained that the company director is “very patriotic” and has “decided to show that we are for patriotism” through the billboards.