March 26, 2022
(Reuters) – It is “stupid” to believe that Western sanctions against Russian companies could have any effect on the Moscow government, Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s former president and vice-president of the Security Council, said on Friday.
The sanctions will only strengthen Russian society and not cause general dissatisfaction with the authorities, Medvedev told the Russian RIA news agency in an interview.
The West has imposed a number of sanctions on Russia since its invasion of Ukraine, but a month after the war, the Kremlin says it will continue its offensive until it achieves its “disarmament and disarmament of Ukraine” goal.
Some of the sanctions have been targeted at billionaires and businessmen who are believed to be close to President Vladimir Putin.
“Let us ask ourselves: can any of these big businessmen have even the slightest influence on the position of the country’s leadership? said Medvedev.
“I tell you frankly: no, not at all.
Medvedev said opinion polls showed that three-quarters of Russians supported the Kremlin’s decision to launch military operations in Ukraine, and even more supported President Vladimir Putin.
While underestimating the economic impact of sanctions, Medvedev said the Russian government needed to find “acceptable solutions” on its own to boost the development of the aerospace, automotive and information technology industries, among others.
“Now it will be more difficult to deal with these issues, but on the other hand we can not trust anyone,” Medvedev said. “In this case, we have to solve these problems ourselves.
He attacked the Russians who spoke out against the invasion during their stay outside Russia.
“You can be dissatisfied with some of the authorities’ decisions, criticize the authorities – this is normal,” he said.
“But you can not take a stand against the state in such a difficult situation, because this is treason.
Thousands of people were detained earlier this month in protest across Russia over Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, according to an independent protest group.
(Reuters report; Editing by Michael Perry and Lincoln Feast)
Western sanctions will not hurt the Kremlin, says Medvedev, Russia’s former president
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