Putin, furious over ‘Ukraine invasion preparations’, “Don’t cross the line”… ‘Russia vs NATO’ another war of words

Russian President Vladimir Putin clenched his fists during a speech at the investment forum ‘Russia Calling’ held in the form of a videoconference on the 30th of last month. Moscow = Associated Press

The ‘war of words’ between Russia and the Western camp is intensifying. This is because of the so-called ‘Russian preparations for invasion of Ukraine’. Russian President Vladimir Putin even stepped forward to refute when US intelligence officials claimed that they had discovered circumstances that could lead to a possible invasion early next year, such as the deployment of large-scale troops by Russia on the border with Ukraine. The West warns Russia to ‘do not be arrogant’, and Russia again ‘do not catch a living person. The real threat is the West.” Although the possibility of a physical clash between the two sides seems slim, tensions in Ukraine are escalating.

According to TASS News and Bloomberg News on the 30th of last month (local time), President Putin dismissed rumors of preparations for an invasion of Ukraine at the investment forum ‘Russia Calling’ held in the form of a videoconference on the same day. When asked about the question, he replied, “There was a story like that when we were conducting military exercises earlier this year, but nothing happened.” “The issue is not whether to send troops or not to participate in the war, but to promote a more fair and stable development and take the security interests of the international community into consideration,” he said. That is to say that the line is unfounded.

In particular, it has set a sharp line for the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). “The US hypersonic weapons capability is a real threat,” Putin said. “Recently, strategic bombers (US and NATO) have flew and threatened us near the border near the Black Sea,” he said. He added, “I hope for common sense and responsibility for the country and the global village.” It was an expression of dissatisfaction with NATO’s continued military exercises near the border of Ukraine, which is friendly to the West.

US Secretary of State Tony Blincoln (left) and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg shake fists at a press conference during a NATO foreign ministers meeting held in Riga, Latvia, on the 30th of last month. Riga = EPA

However, the skeptical look of the West is still there. NATO has also countered. After NATO foreign ministers’ meeting in Riga, Latvia, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned that “If Russia invades Ukraine, it will pay a high price and will have serious political and economic consequences.” . “To prevent the worst, we need to send a message to the Russian government: ‘Do not use force against Ukraine’,” he added.

The US also joined in. US Secretary of State Tony Blincoln said at a press conference ahead of the meeting that “a Russian attack on Ukraine will have serious consequences for Russia in the future.” He added that “the act of escalating tensions by Russia is also of great concern to the United States,” adding that he will closely discuss the need for measures to strengthen defense capabilities with NATO allies.

However, there are many prospects that Russia and the West will not go into direct confrontation. “NATO will not provoke Russia beyond sending a strong warning message,” AFP said. The Wall Street Journal reported that “NATO is in a dilemma over Ukraine’s accession,” adding, “Even though the West has poured billions of dollars of financial and military aid into Ukraine since 2014, there is no clear path for the country to join NATO. It cannot be presented.”

Jinwook Kim reporter



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