The head of Ukrainian intelligence, Kirisho Budanov, said in an interview published on Tuesday on the Ukrainian portal Pravda that the former Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Sergei Kiriyenko, is one of the most serious candidates to take power after Putin.
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The head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine (HUR) Budanov expressed the opinion that the 60-year-old Kirenko (He headed the Russian government from April to August 1998, that is, during the presidency of Boris Yeltsin; he was also deputy prime minister and head of the Rosatom Foundation) is the most dangerous candidate to take power in Russia, if it is handed over. “In a fairly peaceful way.”
Among other serious candidates, the 45-year-old Minister of Agriculture mentioned Dmitriy PatrushevWhich his father would like to see as president (71-year-old Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, former director of the FSB – PAP). However, it did not give the 57-year-old a chance to take over as Putin Dmitry Medvedevwho succeeded Putin as Russia’s president in 2008-2012.
The head of Ukrainian intelligence also said that the annexation of Ukrainian lands on the basis of sham referendums caused panic among the Russian elite. “No one is happy about that. I’m not saying this because I don’t like Russia. But you can’t say they’re all stupid out there, no. (…) It’s a disaster for them, they know it all too well. They understood that it was over and that they had to find a way out of the situation.”
When asked about these options, Budanov replied that the highest political and military leadership began to shoot at civilian targets en masse, which was an act of terrorism. They did it to get us talking. They see it that way, but it doesn’t work that way.
According to Budanov, some of the Russian elite “ran to make a deal with the countries of the West. They say: ‘It’s not us, we have nothing to do with it, it should be stopped.'” The head of the HUR refused to answer a question about whether there were any Russian leaders trying to hold talks with the Ukrainian authorities. “I will not answer that question. not yet.
Asked about the possibility Russia’s use of nuclear weapons Kerio Budanov replied There is such a dangerBut it was the same as it was three months, eight months, and two years ago. “There is always such a danger because our neighbor is mildly ill and has nuclear weapons.” He added that the Russian nuclear arsenal is somewhat outdated, dating back to the 1980s, and most of the so-called tactical nuclear weapons have a shelf life of 10 years.
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