Medvedev explained the transformation from a liberal to a “hawk”

There is nothing surprising in the change in views and rhetoric from liberal to hawkish, the deputy chairman of the Security Council said. According to him, the reason for the change of position is not in him, but in the Russophobic policy of Russia's “partners”. jpg 673w” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

Dmitry Medvedev

The reason for the change in the rhetoric of the Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, who was perceived as a liberal when he was president, was due to the Russophobic policy of Western countries. Medvedev spoke about this in an interview with the French TV channel LCI.

The journalist asked how Medvedev turned into one of the most important “hawks” Russia.

“As for my feelings, they certainly have changed, it’s true. And this is due not to the fact that I was somehow reborn, but to the course our partners began to pursue. I can't call this course anything other than Russophobic. A change in rhetoric is also connected with this, there is nothing surprising in this, — answered the Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia (TASS quote).

He also recalled cases where French politicians contributed to conflict resolution.

“I recall, for example, the role that President [Nicolas] Sarkozy played in the Russian-Georgian conflict. We talked to him every day. What were the results? A decision was worked out that suited everyone, and relations between Russia and Europe were quickly restored. So it depends not only on my internal attitudes, but also on the position of our partners, — said Medvedev.

One of Medvedev's most famous statements during his presidency in 2008-2012 was the words “freedom is better than lack of freedom.” This phrase was uttered by him during the election campaign. A few days before the end of his presidential term, Medvedev confirmed that he considers the development of civil and economic freedoms to be his most important task.

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In June 2022, Medvedev said that he still believed in the motto “freedom is better than lack of freedom”, with which he went to the presidential elections, and applied it to the events in Ukraine. “Still freedom is better than lack of freedom. That is why a special military operation is being carried out in the Donbass, the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine, — he explained.

With the start of a special military operation in Ukraine, Medvedev began to publish posts with sharp assessments of Western politicians and a tough stance on Ukraine.

“People often ask me why my posts on Telegram are so harsh. I answer— I hate them. They are bastards and geeks. They want death for us, Russia. And as long as I'm alive, I will do everything to make them disappear, — wrote Medvedev in Telegram (the spelling and style of the author are preserved).

Medvedev said that he runs his Telegram channel personally. “It seems to me that the style of what is published there clearly indicates that I am directly involved in this. Sometimes, maybe, things are not presented there in a completely diplomatic language, but I think that people should receive such information— citizens of our country and in general citizens of other countries from politicians— in an understandable, simple language, without ambiguities, diplomatic tricks … Intelligibly and at the same time directly. That's why I stick to this style there,” — said the deputy head of the Security Council.

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Dmitry Medvedev

politician, ex-president, deputy head of the Security Council of Russia

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