On October 11, 2021, Dmitry Medvedev, the Deputy Chairman of Russia’s Security Council, penned an article in the Kommersant newspaper. In this piece, he portrayed Ukraine as a subordinate of the West, arguing that any attempts by Russia to engage in dialogue with the current Ukrainian authorities would be futile. He characterized these authorities as “weak”, “ignorant”, and “unreliable”. Medvedev suggested that Russia should refrain from any actions concerning Ukraine until a government genuinely interested in enhancing relations with Russia comes to power. He emphasized Russia’s patience, stating, “Russia knows how to wait. We are patient people.” The Kremlin later clarified that Medvedev’s views were in alignment with Russia’s perspective on the current Ukrainian government.

In November 2021, the Russian Defense Ministry expressed concern over the deployment of US warships to the Black Sea, labeling it a “threat to regional security and strategic stability.” The ministry released a statement suggesting that the true intention behind the US’s activities in the Black Sea region was to prepare for potential military operations should Kyiv decide to resolve the conflict in the southeast by force.

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