Alaska lawmakers are not happy with a Russian official who said the U.S. should return Alaska to Russia.
Oleg Matveychev, a Russian parliament, addressed the numerous sanctions against Russia in response to the Ukraine crisis. Matveychev says leaders should “think about reparations.”
“The harm these sanctions caused us cost money. Return of possessions, including possessions of the Russian Empire, Soviet Union and even parts of Russia that are now occupied by the United States,” Matveychev said on Sunday, according to the Anchorage Daily News.
In addition to Alaska, Matveychev discussed Fort Ross, which was built by Russians in California, according to the California Department of Parks and Recreation. We actually discovered it, so it rightfully belongs to us,” said the parliamentarian
In 1866, Alaska was purchased from Russia for $7.2 million, and territory officially became a state in 1959.
In a funny twist, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski tweeting coverage of the comments and a gif of Taylor Swift with the caption “That will never, ever, ever happen!”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy continued calling for a no-fly zone in Ukraine, or at least additional military hardware, sanctions and other actions targeting Russia as the country continues its invasion of Ukraine.
With so much uncertainty, one thing is clear: The Cold War has returned.