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President Vladimir Putin warned Western international locations on Thursday that there was a real threat of nuclear warfare in the event that they despatched their very own troops to battle in Ukraine, and he mentioned Moscow had the weapons to strike targets within the West.

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Addressing parliament and different members of the nation’s elite, Putin, 71, repeated his accusation that the West is bent on weakening Russia, and he steered Western leaders didn’t perceive how harmful their meddling might be in what he forged as Russia’s personal inner affairs.

He prefaced his warning with a particular reference to an thought, floated by French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday, of European NATO members sending floor troops to Ukraine – a suggestion that was rapidly rejected by the United States, Germany, Britain and others.

“(Western nations) must realise that we also have weapons that can hit targets on their territory. All this really threatens a conflict with the use of nuclear weapons and the destruction of civilisation. Don’t they get that?!” mentioned Putin.

Putin, who was talking forward of a March 15-17 presidential election when he’s sure to be re-elected for one more six-year time period, lauded what he mentioned was Russia’s vastly modernised nuclear arsenal, the most important on this planet.

The warfare in Ukraine has triggered the worst disaster in Moscow’s relations with the West for the reason that 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis and Putin has beforehand warned of the hazards of a direct confrontation between NATO and Russia.

Visibly offended, Putin, Russia’s paramount chief for greater than 20 years, steered Western politicians recall the destiny of these, like Nazi Germany’s Adolf Hitler and France’s Napoleon Bonaparte who unsuccessfully invaded his nation prior to now.

“But now the consequences will be far more tragic,” mentioned Putin. “They think it (war) is a cartoon,” he mentioned.

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(Reuters)

https://www.france24.com/en/europe/20240229-putin-says-west-risks-nuclear-war-nato-troops-ukraine-russia