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Putin warned West of risking nuclear war

29 February, 2024 18:44

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that NATO countries would risk nuclear war if they were to send troops to Ukraine. Putin is contesting the presidential election, on 15 – 17 Mar 2024 for record fifth time.

Addressing lawmakers and other members of the country’s elite in annual state-of-the-nation address Putin stated, “[Western nations] must realize that we also have weapons that can hit targets on their territory, adding all this really threatens a conflict with the use of nuclear weapons and the destruction of civilization. Don’t they get that?”

Putin referenced an idea floated by French President Emmanuel Macron, who on Monday said the possibility of sending Western troops to Ukraine “cannot be ruled out.” Several European leaders swiftly rejected the suggestion.

Putin sugggested West to recall the fate of historical leaders like Nazi Germany’s Adolf Hitler and France’s Napoleon Bonaparte who unsuccessfully tried to invade Russia.

He said the consequences of such an effort now would be “far more tragic,” and accused his NATO counterparts of believing war to be “a cartoon.”

Putin has been Russia’s most powerful politician since he assumed the presidency in 2000, after the resignation of his predecessor, Boris Yeltsin.

If he remains in power until 2036, his tenure will surpass even that of Joseph Stalin, who ruled the Soviet Union for 29 years, making Putin the longest-serving Moscow leader since the Russian empire.

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