Putin ally and former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev claimed that Ukraine will not exist within two years on Wednesday, as the former Western-friendly leader finds himself seeking the hardline when it comes to the Russia-Ukraine war.

Responding to a report on his channel where Ukrainian officials were attempting to secure gas imports from their Western allies, Medvedev wrote on his Telegram channel a threatening remark regarding the future of Ukraine, according to the New York Post.

“I saw a report that Ukraine wants to receive from its overseas masters [liquified natural gas] as part of a land-lease plan with payment for delivery after 2 years,” he wrote. “Otherwise the country will freeze next winter.

“But here’s a question. Who said that after two years Ukraine will even exist on the world map? But it makes no difference to the Americans – they are so invested in their ‘anti-Russia’ project, that everything else is trivial to them.”

Medvedev, who was previously known for his more accepting pro-Western stance during his Presidency, has reportedly been taking the hardline recently as a way to align himself with the perspectives and beliefs of the Russian government at this time, the Moscow Times reported.

“Dmitry Medvedev is, it seems, trying to demonstrate his relevance — and loyalty — in a system that has become markedly more hawkish and less tolerant of shades of grey,” associate professor Ben Noble from the University College London said.

Among his recent statements threatening Ukraine is one published on al-Jazeera where he said that in the current war, “the horsemen of the apocalypse are already on their way and we can only now put faith in God.”

He also said in May that the current trajectory of the war carries with it “the risk it will transform into a full-scale nuclear war,” and that he is saying these statements on his Telegram because he “hates them”.

Many analysts believe that Medvedev is gunning to become Vladimir Putin’s successor and that his ultra-hawkish rhetoric allows him to stay in line with the current political consensus in Russia, although his lack of a support base makes a comeback unlikely.

Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev continues his ultra-hawkish, anti-Ukraine messaging by claiming on his Telegram channel that the Russian enemy would cease to exist in the world in the next two years. Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images.

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