The influence of Dmitry Medvedev cannot be underestimated. It is difficult to separate the Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Federation of Russia from Russian President Vladimir Putin. Medvedev was Russian prime minister (2012-2020) and Russia’s president 2008-2012.
Medvedev’s soul-mate relationship with Putin over a long period of time is the stuff of legends. If anything were to happen to Russia’s current head of state then a replacement other than Dmitry Medvedev would be unthinkable. Then, the term ‘Come back Putin, all is forgiven’ might be the prevailing sentiment in the West.
Unlike Putin, Medvedev is neither conciliatory nor patient; he doesn’t take prisoners. When he says Russia’s goal should be the ‘reduction of Kyiv to ashes’ the statement should be regarded as metaphorical. However, he does have in mind the total sanitization of not just Ukraine’s capital city but Ukraine as a nation.
Today, the Russian economy and its global influence strengthen as Western resolve and aid weaken. This suggests that such an outcome is increasingly likely. Only procrastinators could possibly disagree with his level-headed pragmatism.
The catchphrase ‘Ukraine is going home’ is the only lifeline distressed Ukraine is going to be thrown. An off-the-record conversation with Dmitry Medvedev would foresee the ground being set for a post-occupation plebiscite on similar lines to those held earlier in Crimea and Donbas. This would have as its aim the absorption of Ukraine into Russia.
History does repeat. In 1935 the Saar was reabsorbed into the Reich. In 1936, the Allied occupation of Germany’s Rhineland was ended by Hitler’s armies. Following referendums in 1938, Austria and Sudetenland became part of Hitler’s Germany.
Medvedev, a streetwise strategist knows his history. He has the ability to prophesy how the mop flops. Describing the current NATO-sponsored conflict as ‘a war of Russian self-preservation’, Medvedev’s end game is Russia’s occupation of Ukraine and the complete eradication of Western influence in Ukraine. Only thus could Ukraine live again.
After a brief period of ‘denazification’ and reeducation, an inducement-laden plebiscite would be held. This referendum would be similar to those that returned Crimea and Donbas to their Russian homeland.
The skeptical will likely claim that hostility between Ukrainians and Russians is such that this solution is unlikely. However, let it be remembered that during the Leonid Brezhnev Soviet period, most of Ukraine’s 55 million population (now less than 30 million) described their country as ‘a paradise’. Ukrainians born before 1980 regret the loss of the good life before the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1990. Those born afterwards learn from their parents.
Ukraine an economic powerhouse was the ‘Rhineland of the Soviet Union’. It was largely responsible for the modernization of Russian transport and engineering infrastructure. Without Ukrainian expertise, ingenuity and rocket science industry, the race for space might easily have been won by the United States.
Today, it is difficult nigh impossible to find a Ukrainian critical of the 1964-1982 Soviet tenure of Leonid Brezhnev, himself a Ukrainian. Then, the average Ukrainian’s ‘life of plenty’ could be compared to middle-class American or Canadian society during the same period; the Ukrainian people wanted for little.
“Ah, but your country was not a democracy,” I countered. “There were no elections in your country.”
My congenial companion replied: “Why would there be a need for an opposition party when everything was perfect and there was nothing we would change.”
This is understandable: The natural resources of what was then geographically Europe’s largest country were abundant but alas much coveted by the hegemony of the corporate Western Alliance
With unshakeable confidence, Dmitry Medvedev loftily declares that ‘any return of the current regime in Kyiv should not be allowed. Only ashes should remain of it.’
The former head of state stressed that Russia will either destroy Ukraine’s hostile leadership or the collective West will tear Russia apart. Medvedev also expressed confidence that Western sanctions would not prevent Russia’s goals. He called the defeat of the West and Ukraine ‘inevitable’.
Medvedev portrayed the conflict as existential for Russia and distinguished between the perspectives of the West and Russia. For Western countries, it is a distant conflict but for Russia, it is a war of self-preservation in which its own people are affected.
Presuming that an enlightened Ukrainian electorate – what is left of it after the current fiasco – would opt to return to their historical homeland, there could be no question of Russia taking responsibility for the war damage and debts accrued by NATO’s self-immolation.
It is estimated that the cost of rebuilding Ukraine is roughly $600 billion plus $60 billion annually. If Ukraine like Crimea and Donbas was absorbed by Russia the responsibilities of Western corporations and the banking houses would be written off as ‘other losses.’
Unfortunately for the American taxpayer, Ukraine-related other losses have already cost every American household $900. A pundit presumes that many Americans would prefer this money in their own pockets rather than those of Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Ukrainian oligarchs and the bank accounts of America’s political elite who invest in the American military-industrial complex. As the legendary Al Jolson might have warbled, ‘You ain’t seen nothing yet.’ As Published in American Free Press
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