MOSCOW, February 7. /TASS/. The deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, has described Kiev’s speculation that the West is allegedly ready to split Ukraine "according to the Korean scenario" as the first step towards recognizing the existing territorial realities.
"It is clear that the "Korean scenario" speculation is just wishful thinking: ‘We, the rest of Ukraine, would be under Western control and protection. And then we would reach the level of the Republic of Korea. Also, there would remain some hope for reunification with the former territories’," Medvedev wrote on his Telegram channel on Tuesday. He remarked that such theorizing "is meant for internal use only."
"There is something else that is noteworthy here," Medvedev stressed. "Kiev has in fact made a timid hint that there can be no victory. At best, there will follow the country’s division into parts. But in fact, this is the first step towards recognizing the realities that have developed on the ground," he said.
He recalled that "the division along the 38th parallel (demilitarized zone between the DPRK and South Korea - TASS) created two independent countries."
"In the meantime, Donbass and other territories have become part of Russia, which is the largest state with full sovereignty and the most formidable weapons," Medvedev stressed.
Earlier, a former adviser to the head of the Ukrainian presidential office Alexey Arestovich said that Ukraine lacked the strength to win and that the Western countries were ready to implement the concept of "two Koreas" in the region. Prior to this, the secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, Alexey Danilov claimed that Kiev might be offered a "Korean option" of the settlement, involving an "equivalent of the 38th parallel."
As Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, Kiev's speculation about alleged discussions between the deputy chief of the Russian presidential staff, Dmitry Kozak, over the possibility of a "Korean option" for a settlement in Ukraine was a media concoction. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova dismissed Danilov's statement that Russia might allegedly offer Ukraine a "Korean option" as rumors and far-fetched speculation.