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Russia warns the West about its armed response to the Ukrainian threat

President Vladimir Putin hinted at a potential conflict in a meeting with German Prime Minister Olav Schortz, saying that “at the doorstep of our home” and “unfriendly” Western action is taking place.

On December 17, 2021, Ukrainian troops will conduct artillery training at a shooting range in an unknown location in eastern Ukraine. (Reuters)

Russia is ready to take military action in response to “unfriendly” Western actions over the Ukrainian conflict, President Vladimir Putin warned in the rapid expansion of rhetoric.

Putin also called for “serious negotiations” on Russia’s security demands imposed on the United States and NATO during its first call with Germany’s new Prime Minister Olav Schortz on Tuesday.

For weeks, the Russian president has accused the US-Washington-led NATO military alliance of agitating tensions near the Moscow border, but these were his first comments suggesting a potential conflict. rice field.

Putin told defense ministry officials that Russia would take “appropriate retaliatory military and technical measures” if the West remained “apparently aggressive.”

Russia “will react harshly to unfriendly measures,” he added, adding that “we have the right to do so.”

“The Prime Minister expressed concern about the situation and spoke of the urgent need to de-escalate,” a statement released by Schortz’s office said.

“The gateway to our house”

The United States has warned that Moscow may be planning a major attack on its former Soviet neighbor Ukraine since mid-November, and has warned Putin of unprecedented sanctions.

Western governments have accused Moscow of gathering about 100,000 troops near the border with eastern Ukraine, where Kiev has fought pro-Russian separatists since 2014.

Russia denied the invasion attempt, demanded legal guarantees of security from the United States and NATO, and demanded that the alliance prevent its expansion to the east.

Putin argued that Russia wanted to avoid “bloodshed”, despite alluding to conflict.

“We want to solve the problem by political and diplomatic means,” he said.

However, Russian leaders have repeatedly complained about Washington’s support for Ukraine, including training Kiev’s troops and investing more than $ 2.5 billion in them.

Putin said these actions were taking place “at the doorstep of our house.”

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US mercenaries preparing to provoke chemical weapons

Also on Tuesday, Russian Defense Secretary accuses US mercenaries of preparing for the provocation of chemical weapons in Ukraine.

Sergey Shoygu said about 120 US mercenaries are currently working in the war-torn Donbas region of Ukraine and are training Ukrainian troops “for active combat operations.”

“It is certain that the settlements of Avdiivka and Priazovskoe in the Donetsk region have more than 120 employees of US private military companies,” he said at a meeting of the Russian Defense Ministry’s board in Moscow. Told.

“They equip housing and socially important facilities with firing positions and train Ukrainian special operations forces and radical armed groups for active combat operations.”

Shoygu claimed that private companies also delivered “tanks containing unidentified chemicals” to the cities of Avdiivka and Krasny Estuary “to make a provocation.”

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Source: TRT World and distributors

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