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Putin threatens retaliation if missiles are placed in Ukraine – .


Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday warned NATO and the United States that any deployment of troops or missiles in Ukraine would cross a “red line” and trigger a military response.

“The emergence of such threats represents a ‘red line’ for us,” said the Russian leader. “I hope that does not happen to this and that common sense and responsibility for their own countries and the world community will eventually prevail. “

Putin also threatened to strike back using the Kremlin’s latest weapon, a Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missile that Russia successfully tested earlier this month and which can travel nine times faster than sound.

“If some kind of strike system appears on the territory of Ukraine, the flight time to Moscow will be 7-10 minutes, and five minutes in the case of a deployed hypersonic weapon,” Putin said.

“What should we do in such a scenario? ” He continued. “Then we will have to create something similar to those who threaten us in this way. And we can do it now.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has threatened to retaliate using the Kremlin’s latest weapon.
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Putin’s remarks came as Secretary of State Antony Blinken and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned Putin against any aggressive action against Ukraine amid a build-up of troops and equipment Russians on the eastern border of Ukraine.

“Any escalation on the part of Russia would be of great concern to the United States … and any further aggression would have serious consequences,” Blinken told reporters on Tuesday at a press conference with his Latvian counterpart in the Baltic capital. from Riga.

Blinken added that regrouping troops along a border is a standard part of Russia’s playbook on how to destabilize a country.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken has warned Putin against any aggressive action against Ukraine.
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“And part of this playbook is trying to create and fabricate a so-called provocation to justify something Russia was planning to do from the start,” said the secretary, who noted that the allies of the NATO will meet on Wednesday to discuss the stalemate.

“And so if what was reported fits into this playbook, I don’t know, but as I have said a few times before… we are very concerned about the movements that we have seen along the Ukrainian border. Blinken concluded.

“There will be a high price to pay for Russia if it again resorts to force against the independence of the Ukrainian nation,” Stoltenberg added.

Also on Tuesday, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmygal said Russia was “absolutely” behind an alleged plot to overthrow the country’s pro-Western government because it had taken steps to join the European Union.

“We have secret data which demonstrates the special intentions (to instigate a coup),” Shmygal told Reuters.

Shmygal’s comments echoed those of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky last week.

With post wires

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