On Wednesday, one of President Vladimir Putin’s closest allies warned the United States that continuing with what the Kremlin portrays as a long-term plot to destroy Russia could lead to a nuclear dystopia. Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, Dmitry Medvedev, who served as president from 2008 to 2012 and is now deputy secretary of Russia’s Security Council, has claimed that the US has been plotting to destroy Russia as part of a “primitive game.” In a 550-word speech, Medvedev, 56, stated, “It implies Russia must be humiliated, confined, fractured, divided, and destroyed.”
Medvedev’s views, which were long thought to be among Putin’s least hardline members, provide insight into the Kremlin’s thinking as Moscow faces its most serious confrontation with the West since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. The US has stated repeatedly that it does not want Russia to collapse and that an affluent, stable, and open Russia is in its best interests. Outside of normal business hours, the State Department did not respond to a request for comment. The invasion of Ukraine by Russia has killed thousands of people, displaced about ten million people, and generated worries of a larger conflict between Russia and the United States, the world’s two most powerful nuclear powers.
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Putin claims that the operation was required because the US was using Ukraine to threaten Russia and that Moscow needed to defend itself against Ukraine’s “genocide” of Russian speakers. Ukraine dismisses Putin’s allegations of genocide. Medvedev stated that the Kremlin will never allow Russia to be destroyed, but warned that if Washington succeeds in its destructive goals, the world will confront a dystopian crisis that will result in a “great nuclear explosion.” He also created a scenario of a post-Putin world that would emerge when Russia, which has the most nuclear weapons of any country, fell apart.
According to Medvedev, the annihilation of the world’s largest country by area may lead to an unstable leadership in Moscow, with “the maximum number of nuclear weapons pointed at targets in the United States and Europe.” He predicted that if Russia collapsed, five or six nuclear-armed republics would emerge over the Eurasian landmass, led by “freaks, fanatics, and radicals.” “Is this a dystopia or a bizarre vision of the future? Is this a work of pulp fiction? No, not at all “Medvedev stated the following.