Russian Security Council number two Dmitry Medvedev vowed today that his country would take revenge for new Western sanctions, announced on the second anniversary of Russia’s attack on Ukraine and the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

“Let them (Westerners) all suffer there. We must remember this, we must avenge them where possible. They are our enemies,” the former president of the country, who is used to making bellicose statements, wrote on Telegram.

Medvedev also called for covert operations on the territories of Western countries, at a time when Russia is already frequently accused of espionage operations, influence-peddling and assassinations or attempted assassinations. Moscow systematically denies them.

Dmitri Medvedev, who was once considered a rather liberal voice of the Putin system, has emerged since the beginning of the offensive against Ukraine as a particularly radical voice, often threatening, for example, the use of nuclear weapons or the invasion of countries that they support Kiev.