A key ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin said the Ukraine war could last decades, with long periods of fighting punctuated by ceasefires, Russia’s RIA news agency reported on Thursday.
It said former President Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of Putin’s powerful Security Council, spoke during a visit to Vietnam. Medvedev often makes harsh comments and last month called the Ukrainian authorities an infection.
“This conflict will last a very long time, most likely decades,” RIA quoted Medvedeva as saying.
“As long as there is such a power, there will be, say, three years of truce, two years of conflict, and everything will repeat itself,” he continued, repeating Moscow’s claim that Ukraine is a Nazi state.
In January, Medvedev said that if Russia was defeated, it could trigger a nuclear war.
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