The Russian state television host who aired a graphic of a mock nuclear attack destroying Ireland has rejected a request from Taoiseach Micheál Martin to apologize for the programme.
In a follow-up report broadcast on state broadcaster Russia-1 on Sunday evening, TV host Dmitry Kiselyov refused to apologize for the animated graphic aired earlier this month showing a nuclear strike off the coast. Irish wiping Ireland and Britain off the map. .
On Sunday’s programme, Kiselyov, a Kremlin supporter and state propagandist, described Ireland as “collateral damage” in a potential Russian nuclear attack on the UK amid any escalation of tensions between the countries in about Russia’s war against Ukraine.
While distinguishing between Ireland, a neutral country, and the UK, Kiselyov repeated the original report’s assertion that “the whole British archipelago was basically a submersible island” and that Russia has “all capabilities for such a nuclear response”.
Referring to the Irish political and public reaction to the original report aired earlier this month, the Russian TV host said: “Ireland has literally gone furious. Of course, as a neutral country, it was not right for Ireland to become collateral damage in the clash between Britain and Russia.
The report, according to a translation tweeted by BBC digital reporter Francis Scarr who monitors Russian state television, quoted the Taoiseach describing the Russian media report as “very sinister bullying tactics by the Russian Federation”. .
“I don’t think anyone is going to be intimidated by this. I think it reflects a mindset that is worrying and out of step with reality. I think there should be an apology coming,’ the Taoiseach said on the Russian show against a picture of Mr Martin.
Kiselyov said he fully agrees an apology should come, but it should come from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, falsely claiming the British leader made a “baseless threat to hit Russia” that led to the initial report and a mock attack.
“But we don’t intimidate anyone. Talking about capabilities has an anti-war modality. As they say, let’s not start. It will end badly. It is better to live in peace,” Kiselyov said.
Billy Kelleher, Fianna Fáil MEP for Southern Ireland, said the Russian public station had yet to apologize to the Taoiseach and the people of Ireland for the report and the mock attack.
He described the Russian presenter as “a mouthpiece” for Russian leader Vladimir Putin and that “everything he said was in fact the official opinion of the Kremlin”.
“It shows how delusional their foreign policy is. It shows how far they are from understanding what neutral countries are,” he said.
“It’s indicative of Russia’s worldview and how it thinks it can wipe out a nation if it feels it’s necessary to protect itself, even if there’s no threat from Ireland.”
The reports on Russia’s national broadcaster were “outrageous”, “completely unacceptable” and “indicative of the delusional state of the entire Putin regime”, he said.
“We simply cannot let mainstream media relay huge threats to wipe Ireland off the face of the earth, a neutral country that has never threatened Russia,” he said.
Labor Foreign Affairs spokesman Brendan Howlin TD described the host’s comments as ‘both delirious and threatening on a number of fronts’, including how the TV channel mistook Ireland and Great Britain.
“Ireland is a neutral country, but as the Irish people have demonstrated very well over the past two months, we are not neutral in relation to Putin’s unlawful and immoral aggression against the Ukrainian people,” he said. he declared.
“We will not be intimidated by grandiose and outlandish threats emanating from Russia. This is not a comic; it is a painful reality for millions of Ukrainians.