War in Ukraine: Putin says Sarmat missile will make west "think twice"
A politician on Russian state television said it would take just four missiles to destroy the east and west coasts of the US.
In a viral video viewed more than 727,900 times on Twitter, Aleksey Zhuravlyov insisted that Russia had the military advantage to destroy the American coasts and that the US was trying to "raise the stakes."
As Zhuravlyov makes his claims in the clip, an English translation appears at the bottom of the screen.
It is, however, unclear when the video was recorded.
"I will competently tell you that to destroy the entire east coast of the US, two Sarmat missiles are necessary and two missiles for the west coast," Zhuravlyov said as fellow commentators listened on.
He then went on to say that with the "four missiles," there would be "nothing left."
"They think the mushroom will be taller than a high rise, that mushroom will be visible from Mexico.
"Guys, you're so funny what methods are they even using[?]They're trying to raise the stakes, are we supposed to object to that?" he said.
Zhuravlyov went on to add that they "shouldn't fall" for what is being said and that the US' "calculations are off."
"What should be said is that there'll be nothing left, no one harbors any illusions about it, that everyone will be fine in case of nuclear war, no one will be fine, but calculate it correctly."
\u201cOn Russian state TV, they discuss not only what it would take to destroy the United States, but also how many Ukrainians have to be massacred. One lawmaker came up with a figure: 2 million. No one in the studio blinked or objected\u2014including the host, who is himself a Duma member.\u201d