Russian President Russian President Vladimir Putin On Wednesday, he clarified what he said would justify “retaliatory strikes” against NATO members or other countries that have intervened in Ukraine.
Addressing lawmakers, Putin said his forces would respond to any country that put forward “a strategic threatof Russia and its operations in Ukraine.
On Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with state media that “NATO is going to war with Russia through its proxy and arming that proxy.”
Prior to that, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said during an interview on April 13 that Russia would consider US and NATO vehicles transporting weapons on Ukrainian territory “legitimate military objectives.“
Putin’s recent comments have made his position clearer.
“But I would also like to point out something I spoke about at the beginning of the special military operation. Let me stress again: If anyone intends to interfere from the outside and create a strategic threat to Russia is unacceptable to us, they should know that our retaliatory strikes will be lightning.”
He added, “We have the tools we need for this, which no one else can claim at this point. We won’t just show off, we’ll use them if necessary. And I want everyone to know that; we’ve made all the decisions on this.”
The financial times Note that Putin’s words about having “the tools we need for this, which no one else can claim at this point” could be a reference to intercontinental ballistic missile Capable of carrying nuclear payloads that Russia tested recently.
Putin also claimed that Western entities had influenced the Ukrainians to develop a state of “Russophobia.He said that these anti-Russian sentiments, along with the influence of what he said were neo-Nazis, had moved to the “historic Russian lands” of Crimea and Donbas, which he said compelled the Kremlin to take action.
As claimed by the Russian President Sanctions imposed on Russia By other countries have failed to destroy the country’s economy. He said that the measures taken by his government “repelled and repelled the first crushing blow – as the West believes – of the illegal sanctions against our country.”
NEWSWEEK I contacted the Russian Foreign Ministry for comment.