(RoyalPatriot.com )- Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a warning to the world recently. If Russia feels that it is being threatened by NATO, it will consider every option at its disposal, including military action.
Political analysts believe this is a clear sign that Putin has no intentions of de-escalating the situation that he’s building up on the border of neighboring Ukraine, where Russia has been building troops in recent months.
On Tuesday, Putin gave a long, combative speech in which he demanded that NATO provide “security guarantees.” He also recently told some of his most important military commanders that the blame for the rising tensions lies with the west, and not him or Russia.
Putin has consistently said in the past that the west has turned Ukraine against its neighbor Russia. Following the 2014 revolution in the country that resulted in a new government being installed that was pro-western, Russia went in and annexed Crimea on its own.
That invasion left more than 14,000 people dead, and sparked a huge conflict in the eastern part of Ukraine. As a result, Ukraine has built up alliances with NATO countries for potential military support of its interests in defending itself against a possible Russian attack.
In his speech this week, Putin said:
What the United States is doing in Ukraine is at our doorstep. And they should understand that we have nowhere further to retreat to. Under [U.S.] protection, they are arming and urging on extremists from a neighboring country at Russia. Against Crimea, for instance. Do they think we’ll just watch idly?”
While Putin didn’t specifically mention initiating an offensive military operation against Ukraine, other actions could happen. Some diplomats in Russia have said they believed Russia could move intermediate-range missiles to a location that could strike various targets in Europe.
If they were to do so, it would be as a punishment for the United States unilaterally withdrawing from its missile treaty back in 2018.
That being said, Russia is indeed building up military troops at the Ukraine border, proving that an offensive attack is within the realm of possibility.
In his televised comments, Putin said:
“If our western counterparts continue a clearly aggressive line, we will undertake proportionate military-technical countermeasures and will respond firmly to unfriendly steps. I’d like to stress that we are fully entitled to do that.”
It appears that part of Putin’s speech this week was intended to provide a justification for Russia to launch a military campaign against Ukraine. Many people believe that something of that nature could happen as early as January.
The Russian president told his military leaders:
“We need long-term legally binding guarantees. You and I know well that even they, legal guarantees, cannot be trusted because the United States easily withdraws from all international agreements it loses interest in for one reason or another … giving no explanations whatsoever.”
The world is certainly going to take notice of these comments from Putin, even if the Russian president is just sending out threats.