Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin warned, ‘Russia does not want to sever its ties with the western countries. But if someone thinks of the Russian goodness as its weakness, there will be a strong, immediate and harsh retaliation against it. Russia will decide the limits for this.’ The Russian President issued this warning to the United States and European countries over the issues of Ukraine, Alexi Navalny and Belarus. Meanwhile, NATO accused that Russian fighter jets, bombers and surveillance aircraft violated the airspace of the NATO member countries in the Baltic Sea region.
On Wednesday, President Putin addressed both the houses of the Russian Parliament. At this time, the Russian President primarily gave information regarding the actions taken by his government and the steps taken for economic development. Whereas, in the last few minutes, President Putin accused Western countries of posing a threat to Russian stability. The Russian President accused that the western countries are interfering in Ukraine and Belarus for this purpose.
President Putin stressed more on the Belarus issue. A few days ago, Russian intelligence agencies busted a coup plotted against Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko. After arresting two people connected to the coup plot, Russia accused the United States of overthrowing the Lukashenko government. Putin criticised, ‘Perpetrating a coup in another country and attempting to assassinate the leader of that country is a bit too much. The concerned countries have overstepped all the limits with such activities.’
President Putin warned, ‘We hope that no country will cross these limits regarding Russia.’ Simultaneously, the Russian President warned, ‘Anyone threatening the fundamental Russian interests will have to repent.’ Although the Russian President did not take names, it is clear that he was warning the United States over the Ukraine and Belarus issues.
While referring to some western countries, Putin reminded of the famous ‘Jungle Book’ written by Rudyard Kipling. President Putin made acrid criticism by stating, ‘In the Jungle Book, a few wolves try to please Shere Khan, the tiger. Some of these western countries are behaving like those wolves to please the United States.’
Meanwhile, a few hours before the warning issued by the Russian President to the western countries, Russian aircraft flew through the Baltic Sea region. NATO accused that the Russian fighter jets, bombers and surveillance aircraft violated the airspace of the NATO member countries Estonia, Poland and Lithuania. NATO dispatched its planes to retaliate against this Russian intrusion.