The Australian government’s decision to impose sanctions on Russia and Russian citizens and to provide lethal and non-lethal military aid to Ukraine was “extremely sad,” Russian Ambassador to Australia Aleksey Pavlovsky said.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanian visited the Ukrainian capital Kiev earlier this week to show Australia’s solidarity with the war-torn country.
Australia is the largest non-NATO contributor to Ukraine’s struggle to oust the invading Russian army, providing a total of $390 million in military and humanitarian aid. It has also sanctioned 843 individuals and 62 Russian entities.
Former Russian president issues nuclear warning
Attempts to use courts or tribunals to investigate Russia’s actions in Ukraine would be futile, Mr Medvedev said, and risk global devastation.
As president from 2008 to 2012, Mr Medvedev presented himself as a reformer who wanted better relations with the West. But since President Vladimir Putin ordered the February 24 invasion, he has reformed himself as a vociferous Kremlin hardliner.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (center).
“All American history, beginning with the conquest of the Native Americans, has been a bloody war of annihilation,” he said.
Medvedev said the United States has killed millions of people around the world since World War II.