Franz Klintsevich, deputy chairman of the Duma Committee on Defense, is confident: Our country is prepared to repel any attack from Ukraine, the West and NATO. But the mass “purges” of the population in the southeast by “independent” Ukraine give cause to predict the appearance of weapons there in the future, weapons that pose a serious threat to Russia.

-Franz Adamovich, the Ukrainian authorities and individuals close to them are actively disseminating information about the military reforms being prepared in the country. The Ukrainian army’s transition to the “Swiss” model has been spoken about repeatedly. In Switzerland, practically the country’s entire male population provides territorial defense: Citizens store stockpiles of uniforms, equipment and weapons at home. If martial law is declared, reservists meet at certain points where the artillery and tanks are positioned and go into battle. How realistic is such a prospect in Ukraine?

From a common sense and process optimization point of view, the Swiss army model is pretty good. Such a model is in place not only in Switzerland but also in Israel and some parts of America. Some weapons are stored in a home, others in designated areas. But it’s necessary to understand that special conditions — a gun safe or case — are required for weapons storage. In addition, everything must be registered and inspected by the commanding officers. Ukraine is in no position to implement this; they have neither the time nor money for it. Moreover, considering the mentality of the people of Ukraine, it’s worth remembering that it’s downright dangerous: After all, the keys to the safe would be located at the “repository” itself, otherwise it would defeat the system’s purpose.

-Why is Ukraine so eager to expand its military capabilities?

According to the Ukrainian leadership, they’re preparing to resist Russian aggression. They don’t know an overarching secret: Russia will not, is not planning, and will not train to carry out military aggression against Ukraine. But we are warning that we will launch an appropriate and serious strike if there is a threat to the citizens of the Russian Federation and to our territories.

-Is that the only possible reason?

Today, the West will not give Ukraine money for its economy, its agriculture or its social needs. The West will give money only for war. Because today they need war. NATO needs Novorossiya as a bridgehead — Russia’s “soft underbelly.” In the theory of network-centric warfare, a massive strike by high-precision weapons reduces all the advantages of nuclear capabilities to zero. The Americans, of course, still don’t have hypersonic missiles — we have them. But there are weapons that can be used just as effectively.

-How much of a danger does it present to Russia?

It’s a serious threat to Russia. In addition, the establishment of new bases on the old Soviet airfields is underway in the Baltic countries and in Poland. Laypeople say skeptically that only 600 men [American soldiers] are being deployed there. One cannot ignore the fact that this is a command that must facilitate the arrival of modern aircraft, the supply of modern assets, and the functioning of airfields.

But there’s no need to worry. We are able to ensure our country’s security. I want to say that I’m absolutely certain that there will be no nuclear confrontation. We have achieved parity.

-The conflict in southeastern Ukraine has still not been resolved.

The war in the southeast won’t end. The West is trying to shift the burden onto us, saying that we can’t “put the heat on” the militias. But just think, who can “put the heat on” a man who has spent several months with a gun in his hand, defending his home and his aging mother and father? Exactly a week after this man would lay his gun down, it would be seized and his parents killed; there would be a complete purge there. Everyone who lives in Novorossiya understands this. No one is able to “put the heat on” them.

Today there is a single objective: to draw Russia into the conflict in Ukraine so that it would then be possible to carry on down this path, so that our own are wounded and killed.

-What’s your assessment of how things will turn out in Novorossiya?

Everything that has to do with Novorossiya is very important for America. They need Novorossiya as a base on which to station a high-precision weapons system capable of bringing Russia to its knees. They don’t say it aloud — they disavow it — but it is precisely for this reason that a purge of the local population is underway today. They don’t need the local population.

Everything is according to NATO’s plans: the destabilized atmosphere; the economy; the large number of refugees, of whom 7 to 10 million will soon be on Russian territory, which will create internal tensions as well. Yet another problem has arisen in Ukraine: more than 31,000, not 3,463 as they claim, have been killed. Many of those killed were left behind, abandoned, put in shallow graves — in Ukraine they say they ran away. But the problem will still be felt: It will manifest itself through friends and relatives. For the time being, people still believe that their relatives will return, that they just haven’t had a chance to call.

-You spoke about a purge of the population of Novorossiya. For what other purposes is it being done?

There is yet another reason for the purge in southeastern Ukraine: the significant shale gas reserves in Luhansk and Donetsk, which exceed our Siberian reserves by 10 times. The production process, which is very harmful to the environment, is not yet perfected. A small number of people, of soldiers, will be brought in from the West to handle the machinery. The border is now being established precisely so that no one goes beyond it when the other processes begin.

A purge of the territory is taking place for a base, for shale gas extraction, and for the creation of a buffer zone. Hitler once said, “We don’t care about the Soviet Union. Our primary objective is the Donbass.” Back then, incidentally, nobody knew anything about shale gas.