Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says the West will try to intervene in Russia’s elections

Archive – Former Russian President and current Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow. – -/Kremlin/dpa

Former Russian president and current deputy chairman of the country’s Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, has said he believes the West will try to intervene in Russia’s presidential election, scheduled for 2024.

In an interview for Russian media he has reproached that the countries of the West »reproach us for interfering, but they have been doing it openly since the collapse of the Soviet Union», in declarations collected by Interfax.

The objective of this intervention, he reproached, would be »to destabilize the political situation and divide the country into parts, negotiate with each of those parts, denuclearize and demilitarize them, and then come to offer their services».

PEACE IN UKRAINE IS FAR AWAY He also assured that peace with Ukraine is far away, partly because of the rejection by Ukraine and the United States of the ‘peace plan’ proposed by China during the visit of its president, Xi Jingping, to Moscow: »To implement any plan you just need it to be studied, not only here, but at least in Washington and Kiev, and this is not the case now».

For Medvedev, right now it is impossible to reach an agreement with the West in the framework of the war in Ukraine, he assures that »in certain situations it makes no sense to agree, and it is necessary to ignore and in some cases to take decisions like the one adopted on February 24 last year», referring to the beginning of Russia’s »large-scale operation» in Ukraine.

He has gone further and stated: »Ukraine is by and large part of Russia, let’s be honest. But for geopolitical and historical reasons, for a long time we put up with living with these fictitious borders».

PUTIN’S ARREST, A DECLARATION OF WAR On the arrest warrant for President Vladimir Putin, issued last week by the International Criminal Court (ICC), for alleged war crimes committed under his orders by forcibly deporting Ukrainian children to Russian territory, Medvedev has been clear: an arrest would be an act of war against Russia.

»Let’s imagine it, although it is clear that it is a situation that will never become a reality. The current head of a nuclear state arrives on the territory of, say, Germany, and is arrested – what is that, a declaration of war on the Russian Federation! In that case, all our means would be directed to the Bundestag, the chancellor’s office, etc.,» he said.

He accused the ICC of having done »nothing since its creation», and reiterated that »it is not that its competences are dubious for us, it is that it is insignificant».