This week, a top Russian lawmaker warned the United States that Russia may seek to reclaim Alaska in retaliation for U.S. sanctions over the invasion of Ukraine.

On Wednesday, Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of the State Duma, cautioned the U.S. to think twice before seizing or freezing Russian assets abroad during a parliamentary session in Moscow. Volodin reportedly said this during a parliamentary session in Moscow.

The official reminded the U.S. that Alaska once belonged to Russia.

Here’s what Volodin said, according to multiple news outlets:

“Let America always remember, there is a part of [Russian] territory: Alaska. So when [U.S. lawmakers] attempt to appropriate our assets abroad, they should be aware that we also have something to claim back.”

Pyotr Tolstoy, the vice-speaker of the State Duma, followed Volodin’s bluster with his own threat, proposing that Russia hold a “referendum” in Alaska.

The first permanent Russian settlement was established in Alaska in 1784. Russia proceeded to establish several settlements in Alaska until it was purchased from Russia by the U.S. government for $7.2 million in 1867.

Russia’s former Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev also warned the U.S. on Wednesday, saying that the country could face the “wrath of God” if it goes along with international efforts to establish a tribunal to investigate Russian war crimes in Ukraine.

Here’s what Medvedev said:

“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.”

Sources: TheGatewayPundit, APnews

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