(PresidentialWire.com)- In an opinion piece in which he reaffirmed Moscow’s nuclear capabilities and named two dates that led to Vladimir Putin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned that human civilization was in danger.
Medvedev, president of Russia from 2008 to 2012, is currently the country’s deputy security council chairman. His continuous use of inflammatory anti-Western language in social media messages on the Telegram channel has increased the likelihood of a nuclear exchange in the Ukrainian conflict.
His opinion piece was published on Monday, and in it, he discussed the conflict in the context of Russian history 30 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, which he described as having created “destructive upheavals.”
When a significant power like the Soviet Union falls, Medvedev said, a huge nation dies, and a war starts. He drew parallels between the fall of the Roman and Ottoman empires and the demise of the Soviet Union.
He said there were two episodes in the last 30 years in which the west tried to split further the collapsed power which had Moscow at its core, implying that there has been a delay in such a struggle after the demise of the Soviet Union.
The first occurred in late 2008 when Western countries backed Georgia’s aggression against the Ossetians. Medvedev alluded to the conflict in which Moscow-sponsored South Ossetia declared independence from Tbilisi; this move was met with international condemnation.
A second pivotal moment occurred in the spring of 2014 when he said the people of Crimea voiced their desire to return permanently to their ancient country in a legitimate referendum. This vote was held after Moscow’s illegal takeover of the peninsula and was largely disregarded.
History shows that every failed empire “buries half the globe beneath its rubble,” he warned.
He also said that “everyone loses” if Russia’s foes keep arming the “neo-fascist Kyiv dictatorship.”