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Mr Putin has warned that he is ready to take “military action” in response to “unfriendly” Western action in Ukraine, the clearest sign to date that the Russian strongman is preparing for war. The Russian president, speaking at a meeting at the Defense Ministry on Tuesday, said Russia “will react harshly to hostile measures” and stressed “that we have every right to do so”. On Monday, Dmitry Kiselyov, a Russian media mogul, threatened to “put a gun to America’s temple” if NATO forces were stationed in Ukraine and warned the alliance to back down “otherwise all world will be turned to radioactive ash “.
America has been warning for weeks that Mr Putin appears to be preparing tens of thousands of troops, tanks and artillery pieces to invade Ukraine, but Mr Putin insisted it was not as a defense force – until now.
He spoke just days after Russia issued a list of demands on NATO, including that Ukraine never be allowed to join the alliance and that its forces be withdrawn from former Soviet states.
Continuing his fiery rhetoric, Mr Putin said: “We need long-term legally binding guarantees” – even though he cautioned against taking America at its word.
He added, “The United States easily withdraws from all international treaties that for one reason or another become uninteresting to them. “
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Declaring that Russia must act accordingly, the president said: “What is happening, this tension that is building up in Europe, is their fault, at every step Russia has had to react in some way. of another.
“With each step, the situation got worse and worse, got worse and worse. And today we are in a situation where we have to decide something.
Russia “cannot allow” the West to place its weapons so close to Moscow, he added.
The president concluded: “If this infrastructure moves, if the US and NATO missile systems appear in Ukraine, then their flight time to Moscow will be reduced to seven to 10 minutes, and with the deployment of hypersonic weapons – at five. “
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The Kremlin said today that high-level talks between the United States and Russia are on the demand list, but said no deal has yet been reached.
The White House said it would consult with NATO allies on the requests, but was prepared to make no promises.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk yesterday, Professor Richard Sakwa, University of Kent, said only the United States and Russia can resolve the ongoing issue, with NATO and the EU being “Irrelevant” in the emerging conflict.
Some have warned of the risk of a repeat of the Cuban Missile Crisis if NATO deploys missiles to areas where they could quickly strike Moscow.
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This was also confirmed by Professor Sakwa, however, the Russian expert refrained from saying that Russia or Ukraine would actually start a war, stating that diplomacy was everyone’s preferred option.
Meanwhile, a presenter on another public broadcaster, Rossiya 1, warned viewers on Monday that “we may really be on the brink of war with NATO.”
The presenter said: “The United States must sign its hegemony; its hegemony is ended.
They added: “Either they withdraw voluntarily or we will force them to do so. And Russia gives no guarantees that Ukraine will survive, especially as a sovereign state.
The presenter ended by saying: “Maybe we are really on the eve of a war with NATO.
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While senior Russian and US diplomats have “discussed” the Kremlin’s demands, Moscow says it has yet to receive a “substantial” response.
The White House has only said it will “discuss” the list with its allies, but added that Russia cannot be allowed to interfere in the security policies of other nations.
Amid mounting tensions, Washington has advised all U.S. citizens not to travel to Ukraine due to the looming threat of a Russian invasion.