War in Ukraine could last ‘decades’, says former Russian leader – POLITICO

Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who regularly makes harsh remarks about the Kremlin’s war in Ukraine, said on Friday the conflict was likely to drag on for years.

“This conflict has been going on for a very long time. All of this for decades, probably,” Medvedev, who is now the deputy head of Russia’s Security Council — directly under Russian President Vladimir Putin — said during a visit to Vietnam, according to Russian state newswire RIA Novosti. .

“As long as there is such power [in Kyiv]there will be, say, three years of ceasefire, two years of conflict, and then it will all start again,” he added.

While Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed hope to end the conflict as early as this year, his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin said the war would be a “long process”.

US officials have also said the fight could drag on for years, joining the list of “frozen” conflicts, such as the one between North Korea and South Korea.

Medvedev often makes controversial foreign policy statements, which critics say are part of an attempt to retain some political significance while appearing more radical than Putin, thereby legitimizing the Russian president’s decisions.

Earlier this month, Ukraine’s foreign minister said Medvedev should not drink and post on social media.


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