Russia’s Medvedev says standoff with West to last decades, Ukraine conflict ‘permanent’

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Russia’s Medvedev says standoff with West to last decades, Ukraine conflict ‘permanent&#...

Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s former president, has expressed his belief that the confrontation between Moscow and the West will endure for many years, and that the conflict with Ukraine may become permanent. Medvedev, who was once regarded as a liberal modernizer in the West, has adopted a more hawkish stance since Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine. As the deputy head of the Security Council, his views are said to reflect the thinking at the highest levels of the Kremlin. In an article for the government’s Rossiiskaya Gazeta newspaper, Medvedev asserted that the current tensions between Russia and the West are even worse than those experienced during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, which brought the world to the brink of nuclear catastrophe. He warned that the likelihood of a nuclear war is significant, but emphasized that such a conflict would have no winners. Medvedev attributed the escalating tensions to profound disagreements over Ukraine, the trajectory of humanity, and the structure of the global order. He stressed that the possibility of an apocalyptic scenario is not only possible but also quite probable. Western analysts interpret Medvedev’s statements about nuclear weapons as a tactic aimed at intimidating the West into reducing its military support for Ukraine and pressuring Kyiv to engage in peace talks with Moscow. Despite the West’s commitment to assisting Ukraine in its defense against what it perceives as a brutal colonial war of conquest, the United States, Ukraine’s primary financial and military supporter, has expressed its desire to avoid direct conflict with Russia to prevent the risk of a nuclear war. However, Ukraine has stated that it will not engage in negotiations until all Russian soldiers have been expelled from its territory. Medvedev affirmed Moscow’s determination to prevent Ukraine from joining NATO, asserting that the goal is to eliminate the threat of Ukraine’s NATO membership, by any means necessary. He argued that given NATO’s policy of not admitting countries involved in territorial conflicts, the conflict with Ukraine could potentially become permanent due to its existential significance for Moscow. Medvedev contended that the only way to de-escalate tensions between Russia and the West is through tough negotiations. He concluded by stating that the confrontation will be protracted and cannot be easily resolved.

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