The introduction of martial law in Ukraine will create serious problems for the country's economy and will not improve its relations with Russia, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday.
"It is obvious that this is an additional complication to the processes that are underway in Ukraine. This will or may create, in any case, serious problems for the economy of Ukraine. But this, of course, does not improve relations between the Russian Federation and Ukraine," Medvedev said.
He noted that such moves would aggravate the situation in Ukraine.
"This is politics, this is electoral technology, that is political spin machines. And this is how it is perceived within Ukraine itself. And I perceive it like that," Medvedev added.
He also said that introducing martial law lets the Kiev authorities "flex muscles."
"This martial law allows the current government at least to flex muscles a little, and to increase support from the population ... But the most extreme option to be considered, I mean, is simply a refusal to hold elections," Medvedev said.
He stressed that the Ukrainian establishment itself, including former Ukrainian presidents, had asked a question why martial law had not been introduced when Ukraine found itself in much more complex situations, but was imposed after the Kerch Strait incident.