Russian Lawmaker Warns of Alaska Reclamation Someday

Russian lawmaker Vyacheslav Volodin warned that Russia might possibly reclaim Alaska from the United States someday.

In a Telegram post by Russian media outlet RosBiznesConsulting (RBC), Volodin, a Russian parliament speaker, purportedly noted during a meeting at the Duma that Russia once owned the state of Alaska and that the government may someday choose to reclaim it from the US.

“Let America always remember: there is a part of its [Russia’s] territory – Alaska. That’s when they start trying to dispose of our resources abroad, before doing this, they will think that we also have something to return,” said Volodin.

State Duma Vice Speaker Pyotr Tolstoy was also reported to have suggested holding a referendum on Alaska to further discuss the matter at hand.

“We do not interfere in their internal affairs, and for decades they have been saying that everything that is happening to them, the election of all presidents, is due to the fact that Russia is interfering,” expressed Tolstoy.

Alaska was purchased by the US from the Russian government through a Treaty of Cession in 1868 for $7.2 million. It later officially became a US state in 1959.

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