Russian oligarch: Destroying Ukraine would be a huge mistake

“Is it in Russia’s interest to destroy Ukraine?” Of course not, that would be a huge mistake,” he said at a rare press conference in Moscow.

Deripaska has repeatedly called the term “huge mistake” and called Moscow’s offensive in Ukraine a “war,” a word largely banned in Russia, whose government says it is conducting a “special military operation” in the pro-Western country.

O. Deripaska, who founded the aluminum giant Rusal, also said that regime change will not happen in Russia. “There is no possibility of regime change,” he said, adding that “the opposition has withdrawn from the life of the country.”

Most opposition figures have been forced into exile or are in prison, as pressure on critics of President Vladimir Putin has intensified since the start of Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine.

O. Deripaska is subject to Western sanctions, which were taken in response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

At the beginning of March, O. Deripaska warned that the whole world, including Russia, would be different after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The founder of Russian aluminum giant Rusal has warned that peace in Ukraine is needed as soon as possible.

Deripaska, known for his close ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been sanctioned by the West.

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