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A former Russian president has said that if the war in Ukraine is lost, the country will fall apart

Former Russian President and Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev (Getty Images via GRIGORY SYSOYEV/SPUTNIK/AFP)

Dmitry Medvedev, the former Russian president and deputy chairman of the Russian Federation’s Security Council, has said that Russia will “disappear” if it loses the war in Ukraine.

“If Russia stops special military operations without achieving victory, it will disappear, it will disintegrate,” Medvedev said in a Telegram post on Wednesday, using the phrase to refer to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “If the US stops supplying arms to the Kyiv regime, the war will end.”

Medvedev’s comments came after US President Joe Biden’s speech in Poland on Tuesday.

During his speech, Biden said: “If Russia stops invading Ukraine, that will end the war. If Ukraine stops defending itself against Russia, that will be the end of Ukraine,” which Medvedev said was “a refined lie.”

“Why do you appeal to the people of other countries at a time of internal problems? Why should we listen with fear to an anti-state politician who expresses hatred for our motherland? Why should the citizens of Russia believe? A leader of the United States who has unleashed the largest number of wars in the 20th and 21st centuries, yet reproaches us for aggression?” ” “Biden’s goal is to ensure Russia suffers a ‘strategic defeat,'” Medvedev said.

Medvedev also commented on Putin’s State of the Nation address on Tuesday, specifically the announcement that Russia is ceasing participation in the New START nuclear disarmament treaty.

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He called it an “inevitable and belated decision”.

“This is a decision that will have enormous repercussions in the world in general and in the United States in particular,” Medvedev added.

“After all, if the United States wants the defeat of Russia, it is clear to all reasonable powers that we are on the brink of a world conflict,” he continued. “If America wants to defeat Russia, we have the right to defend ourselves with any weapon, including nuclear weapons.”

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