Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov agreed with NATO forecasts that the conflict in Ukraine would be protracted. About this Peskov said in an interview with MSNBC.
“If we talk about the issue of security – continental security and global security – then yes, it will be a protracted crisis. <…> Russia will insist <…> that its security be ensured, and we will never trust the West again,” he stressed.
In addition, Peskov did not ensure that two U.S. Army veterans who were captured by Russia during the fighting do not face the death penalty. “It [решение о смертной казни] depends on the investigation. These guys were shooting at our soldiers on the battlefield. They put their lives in danger. There will be a court, and there will be a court decision, ”said the presidential press secretary.
Earlier, two Americans, Alexander Dryuke and Andy Hyun, who participated in the battles on the side of Ukraine, were captured by Russian troops. Both soldiers were part of a group that encountered overwhelming numbers in early June during a fierce battle northeast of Kharkov and were probably taken prisoner after a collision with a Russian tank. At the same time, in mid-June, the partially recognized DPR sentenced British citizens Sean Pinner and Aiden Aslin, as well as Moroccan Saadoun Brahim, who fought on the side of the Ukrainian army, to death.
Peskov also, in an interview with NBC, refused to recognize as a hostage the American basketball player and two-time Olympic champion Brittney Griner, who was detained at Sheremetyevo Airport in February on suspicion of drug smuggling. The presidential press secretary claims that the girl violated the law, for which she is being prosecuted by the Russian court.
February 18 athlete Brittney Greiner detained at Sheremetyevo Airport after she flew to Moscow from New York. She is suspected of drug smuggling, but vapes with cartridges containing hash oil became a reason for suspicion. A criminal case was opened against Greiner under the article on the smuggling of narcotic drugs in a significant amount (paragraph “c” of Part 2 of Article 229.1 of the Criminal Code of Russia), which provides for punishment in the form of imprisonment for a term of 5 to 10 years.
Forecasts on the Russian-Ukrainian conflict
Secretary of the Security Council of Russia Nikolai Patrushev also at the end of May in an interview with Arguments and Facts notedthat the Russian authorities are in no hurry about the course of hostilities. “We are not chasing deadlines. Nazism must either be 100% eradicated, or it will rear its head in a few years, and in an even uglier form, ”he said.
Edition of The Washington Post, citing sources among US officials wrotethat the US and allies are also preparing for a protracted conflict in Ukraine. The fact that the Russian-Ukrainian confrontation can last for a long time, spoke NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in a conversation with Bild. He also stressed that the West should not refuse to supply weapons to Kyiv.