Putin’s ally says war in Ukraine could last for decades

(Reuters) – A key ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin said the war in Ukraine could last for decades, with protracted fighting punctuated by ceasefires, Russia’s RIA news agency reported on Thursday.

Former President Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of Putin’s powerful Security Council, was said to have spoken during a visit to Vietnam. Medvedev often makes harsh comments, describing Ukrainian authorities as an infectious disease last month.

“This conflict will last for a very long time, most likely decades,” RIA quoted Medvedev as saying.

“As long as there is such a power, there will be, for example, three years of armistice and two years of conflict and everything will repeat itself,” he continued, reinforcing Moscow’s claim that Ukraine is a Nazi state.

In January, Medvedev said that Russia’s defeat could trigger a nuclear war.

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(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)

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