Over Ukraine, Putin says Russia has ‘nowhere to retreat’
Vladimir Putin stated on Tuesday that Russia has “has nowhere to retreat” if its weapons materialise in Ukraine, and the United States and its allies need to recognise this.
“They [the US] simply do what they want. But what they are doing on the territory of Ukraine now, or trying to do and going to do — this is not thousands of kilometres away from our national border. This is at the doorstep of our home. They must understand that we simply have nowhere to retreat further,” Putin was quoted as saying.
“We have specialists here, we are in constant contact with them. There is no hypersonic weapon in the United States yet, but we know when it will appear — they cannot hide it, everything is recorded, the tests are being conducted, successfully or unsuccessfully. So we approximately understand when it will happen,” President commented.
It is Putin’s belief that if the United States begins deploying its armaments in Ukraine, it may use this cover to pressure Kiev into attacking Crimea.
“They will put hypersonic weapons in Ukraine, and then, under their cover they will arm and push extremists from the neighboring state against Russia, including into certain regions of the Russian Federation, for example, Crimea, under advantageous circumstances as they believe,” the head of state said.
“Do they think we don’t see these threats? Or do they think that we are so weak-willed to simply look blanky at the threats posed to Russia? That is the problem: we simply have nowhere to move further, that’s the question,” It was Putin’s opinion.