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Medvedev justifies Russia’s war over Ukraine’s nuclear aspirations

News 360 logo News 360 11/7/2022 Daniel Stewart
Dimitri Medvedev and Vladimir Putin. - ALEKSEY NIKOLSKYI/KREMLIN POOL / ZUMA PRESS / CONT © Provided by News 360 Dimitri Medvedev and Vladimir Putin. - ALEKSEY NIKOLSKYI/KREMLIN POOL / ZUMA PRESS / CONT

The former president of Russia and current deputy chairman of the Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, has justified the war launched on the orders of Vladimir Putin just over eight months ago by the nuclear aspirations of Ukraine, from where this arsenal was withdrawn after the signing of the Budapest Memorandum of 1994.

Medvedev assured that Ukraine continues to "weep bitterly" after the signing of this agreement which withdrew the nuclear arsenal that had remained on its territory since Soviet times and accused the Ukrainian leadership of being capable of using it with "diabolical pleasure" on civilians.

In this sense, Medvedev has assured that Ukraine has "unambiguously" hinted at wanting to unleash this nuclear arsenal "which to a great extent" has motivated what the Kremlin has called a "special military operation", according to his profile on the Russian social network VKontakte.

Medvedev, who since the beginning of the war has been very active through social networks in his belligerence against Kiev and its leaders, has said that all Ukrainian presidents, from Leonid Kravchuk to Volodimir Zelenski, have admitted having had to reluctantly give up these nuclear weapons.

And all, he has stressed, despite the fact that "Kiev had no means to maintain this 'power' that they obtained by accident." A decision for Ukraine to renounce this weaponry, which the United States also had to accept due to pressure from the international community, he said.

Medvedev also wanted to give as an example of a "responsible" and "sovereign" country with its people and regional security, South Africa, the first and so far only nation that decided to voluntarily destroy its nuclear weapons, after it had secretly manufactured up to six of them, as recognized in 1993 by former President Frederik Willem de Klerk.

With the fall of apartheid, the new South African government, he stressed, "adopted a responsible and sovereign position with respect to its people, neighboring countries and the entire world community", unlike, he maintains, Ukraine.

"This is precisely the reason why South Africa is today the most important representative of the global architecture of a new multipolar world order," extolled Medvedev, who considers the African country a key element of the international group that, together with Russia, China, India and Brazil, is known as BRICS.

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