In case of war freeze, Russia to have potential to invade other countries by 2028 - Zelensky

In case of war freeze, Russia to have potential to invade other countries by 2028 - Zelensky

In the case of a "freeze" of the current battlefield situation in Ukraine, Russia will be able by 2028 to restore its military potential degraded by the Ukrainians and will have enough forces to invade other countries, including the Baltic states.

This was stated by President Volodymyr Zelensky, who spoke at the opening of the summit of the European Political Community in Granada (Spain).

"I will be honest with you, as I always am. Russia is now considering various scenarios for the coming years. One of them is particularly dangerous. If there is some pause in this aggression against Ukraine – any freezing of the situation, there will be a new critical moment. 2028," he said.

According to Zelensky, "if Russia is allowed to adapt now, by 2028, the Kremlin will be able to restore the military potential that we destroyed, and it will have enough strength to attack the countries in focus of Russian expansion."

"In addition to Ukraine, these are definitely the Baltic states and definitely other countries where Russian contingents are present. This is clear information from our intelligence. We are signaling it to you," the Ukrainian leader said.

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He added that Russia is looking for opportunities to "freeze the situation, to adapt", as well as "learning from its mistakes, and preparing to move on".

" Please remember that the most dangerous enemy is the one who made conclusions and prepared for the next attack based on these conclusions. Moscow clearly outlines its ambition – to capture more imperial space, to prevent Europe from being a place of free nations and working democracies, to break European unity. And war is Russia’s basic tool for this – a tool to enslave or to manipulate others," he said.

As reported by Ukrinform, Zelensky arrived on Thursday on a visit to Spain, where he will participate in the summit of the European Political Community and is set to hold a number of bilateral meetings.

Photo: President’s Office

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