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Putin threatens West with “use of nuclear weapons”

Reactions to Putin's speech to the nation

Vladimir Putin offers a state of the nation speech – two weeks earlier than the presidential election and two years after the assault on Ukraine. Foreign coverage division head Klaus Geiger classifies the speech with the WELT reporter crew. See all of the reactions and different information within the WELT TV stream.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin as soon as once more threatened to make use of nuclear weapons in his State of the Union deal with. The West now not is aware of “what war means.”

RRussian President Vladimir Putin has warned the West towards deploying troops in Ukraine. The penalties of such a transfer could be tragic, Putin stated in his assertion State of the Union Address in entrance of the Federal Assembly, each chambers of parliament, in Moscow. Russia has weapons that may hit targets in western territory, Putin stated. This class additionally consists of the “Use of nuclear weapons“.

“They have forgotten what war means,” the Kremlin chief continued. On the opposite hand, we skilled what a army battle entails by the Chechen wars and the struggle in Ukraine.

French President Emmanuel Macron prompt in the beginning of the week that NATO troopers might need to be despatched to Ukraine if this prevented a defeat for Kiev. The initiative was met with rejection by the bulk, together with from Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD). The Chancellor stated he wouldn’t ship any German troopers to Ukraine – “that applies”.

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Putin as soon as once more portrayed the Ukraine struggle and the ensuing worldwide upheavals because the fault of the West. “We will not allow anyone to interfere in our internal affairs,” stated Putin. He had already stated one thing comparable on the morning of February 24, 2022, when he introduced the assault on Ukraine. In Ukraine, one of many objectives stays “to uproot Nazism.” And: The pursuits of “fellow citizens in New Russia” are defended, which implies the occupied territory of southern Ukraine.

According to Putin, Russia's struggle of aggression is supported by the “absolute majority of the population”. The folks work in three shifts to satisfy the wants of the entrance. He referred to as for a minute's silence for the fallen.

“Together we can do anything”

Putin additionally commemorated the tenth anniversary of the annexation of Crimea, when Russia integrated Ukraine's Black Sea peninsula in 2014. The nation seems to be with pleasure on the occasion and what it has achieved. “Together we can do anything,” Putin stated. Russia is not going to enable anybody to intervene in its inside affairs.

It is Putin's nineteenth State of the Nation Address. The President final gave the speech in February 2023 and declared the suspension of the New Start nuclear disarmament treaty. In the primary 12 months of the struggle he skipped the State of the Union deal with.