Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov stressed, in an interview with the Kuwaiti newspaper “Al-Anbaa”, that the citizens of Chechnya are Russian citizens and it is their duty to defend their motherland, the Russian Federation.
In the interview, which was published by the newspaper on Monday, he said, “Russia did not start the war in Ukraine, but rather ends a war that lasted eight years… Russia aims to protect people who are subjected to bullying and genocide by the Kyiv regime, in addition, Russia cannot She feels safe, develops, and lives under constant threat from the territory of modern Ukraine, which the West has taken hostage and is trying to use against our country.”
Regarding his expectations for the duration of Russian military operations in Ukraine, he said: “I am sure that Russian President Vladimir Putin will solve this problem very soon and will do everything in his power to make the people of Ukraine breathe a sigh of relief… And the issue of the end of the special operation contributes to its prolongation by the representative who took the position of The President… The search for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and a small handful of nationalists in various bunkers, basements and burrows is prolonging the resolution of this issue.”
He defended the performance of the Russian forces in Ukraine, and said: “The principle of the Russian army is based on avoiding casualties among the civilian population, as well as preserving the civilian infrastructure as much as possible. If it weren’t for the Russian army’s concern for civilians, Russia would have completed the operation in a day or two.”
He stressed that Western sanctions will not have an impact on the Russian position, and said: “We have immunity and immunity against Western sanctions, and for the safety and independence of our country, we are ready to starve, but this situation will not reach it either. Russia is a self-sufficient country and has huge backup supplies of Food, strong industry, fertile land and people who love to work, we are completely independent and do not need imported products.”
In turn, he expressed his belief that “these sanctions will have a very good effect on our economy, this is a strong incentive to replace imports, and there are great opportunities for domestic producers to promote their products, which are no worse than imported products, but because of the large financial capabilities of Western competitors, our companies remained in the shadows.” .
He also considered that “these special operations will not harm the Russian army in any way, but, on the contrary, will give a positive experience to its fighters.”
He said he did not expect this war to escalate and turn into a third world war. “I do not expect that the military operation carried out by the military forces of the Russian Federation will develop into something else bigger,” he added.
Stressing that Russia did not set itself the goal of occupying Ukraine, he said, “Russia demands that Ukraine recognize Crimea as part of Russia, and give special status to the independence of the Donetsk Democratic Republic and the Luhansk Democratic Republic. Also, that the people of Ukraine decide their own fate: without the participation of neo-Nazis and away on Western influence.