medvedev: Western sanctions will not sway Kremlin, says Russia’s former president Medvedev


It’s “silly” to consider that Western sanctions in opposition to Russian companies may have any impact on the Moscow authorities, Russian ex-president and deputy head of safety council Dmitry Medvedev was quoted as saying on Friday.

The sanctions will solely consolidate the Russian society and never trigger well-liked discontent with the authorities, Medvedev informed Russia‘s RIA information company in an interview.

The West has imposed an array of sanctions on Russia following its invasion of Ukraine, however one month into the conflict, the Kremlin says it should proceed the assault till it accomplishes its objectives of Ukraine‘s “demilitarisation and denazification”.

A few of the sanctions have particularly focused billionaire businessmen believed to be near President Vladimir Putin.

“Allow us to ask ourselves: can any of those main businessmen have even the tiniest quantum of affect of the place of the nation’s management?” Medvedev stated.

“I brazenly inform you: no, no approach.”

Medvedev stated opinion polls confirmed that three-fourths of Russians supported the Kremlin’s choice to hold out a navy operation in Ukraine and much more supported President Vladimir Putin.

He lashed out at these Russians who spoke in opposition to the invasion whereas staying outdoors Russia:

“You may be dissatisfied with a few of the authorities’ selections, criticise the authorities – that is regular,” he stated.

“However you can’t take a stand in opposition to the state in such a tough state of affairs, as a result of that is treason.”

Hundreds of individuals had been earlier this month detained at Russia-wide protests in opposition to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, in response to an unbiased protest monitoring group.

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