As the Russia-Ukraine war has caused the United States and Russia to return to antagonizing rhetoric toward each other, high-ranking officials in the country claimed on Wednesday that Russia could take back the state of Alaska if the U.S. continues going against the country.

Vyacheslav Volodin, the lower house speaker in the Russian parliament, said that he does not believe that the United States should be allowed to seize Russian assets, before attempting to remind them that Russia had previously owned Alaska before its sale in 1867, according to the Daily Beast.

“Let America always remember, there is a part of [Russian] territory: Alaska,” he said. “So when they start trying to dispose of our resources abroad, before they do it, let them think: we also have something to return.”

Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, meanwhile, returned to spouting apocalyptic talk against the United States for its continued backing of Ukraine, bringing up the past crimes that the country had done to its own people and to the world, Alaska Public Media reported.

“The entire U.S. history since the times of subjugation of the native Indian population represents a series of bloody wars,” he said. “Was anyone held responsible for those crimes? What tribunal condemned the sea of blood spilled by the U.S. there?”

He also spoke about Russia’s unparalleled nuclear arsenal and said in a kind of warning that it would be unwise to make a country like Russia angry at the United States.

“The U.S. and its useless stooges should remember the words of the Bible: Do not judge and you will not be judged … so that the great day of His wrath doesn’t come to their home one day,” Medvedev said.

Russia’s campaign to take over Ukraine has seen some forward strides recently, with the troops taking over the Luhansk province in the Donbas region of Eastern Ukraine. In spite of that, an end to the war appears to be out of sight in the near future.

As Russia makes some strides in its invasion campaign against Ukraine, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev made some comments suggesting war-like intentions against the United States. Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images.

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