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'Russia has no interest in fighting with NATO, Biden's claim is complete nonsense...': Putin

Putin said in an interview published on Sunday by Rossiya state television, saying it was an attempt by Biden to justify his "erroneous policy" on Russia.

Edited By: Ajeet Kumar @Ajeet1994 Moscow Updated on: December 17, 2023 19:42 IST
Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Image Source : AP Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russian President Vladimir Putin slammed US President Joe Biden and his recent claims wherein the latter said Russia would attack a NATO country if he won in Ukraine. Putin termed his statement "complete nonsense", adding that Russia had no interest in fighting with the NATO military alliance. Biden earlier this month warned that if Putin won a victory over Ukraine then Russia would attack a NATO country.

Biden offered no clear evidence for his remarks. "It is complete nonsense - and I think President Biden understands that," Putin said in an interview published on Sunday by Rossiya state television, saying it was an attempt by Biden to justify his "erroneous policy" on Russia.

"Russia has no reason, no interest - no geopolitical interest, neither economic, political nor military - to fight with NATO countries."

The US-led NATO alliance was founded in 1949 to provide Western security against the Soviet Union. After the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, it was enlarged to include some former Soviet and Warsaw Pact countries.

Putin has repeatedly cast the post-Cold War expansion of NATO as evidence of the West's arrogant way of dealing with Russia's security concerns.

 

Under Article 5 of the NATO treaty, "the Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all".

Putin said that Finland's entry into NATO in April would force Russia to "concentrate certain military units" in northern Russia near their border.

COLD WAR?

The failure of Ukraine's counteroffensive this year has raised questions in the West and inside Ukraine about just how realistic the Ukrainian and Western aims of defeating Russian forces in Ukraine are.

Officials in Moscow and the West have repeatedly spoken of a "new Cold War", with Russia and China on one side and the West on the other.

Asked about how common ground could be found with the West given the rhetoric on both sides, Putin said: "They will have to find common ground because they will have to reckon with us."

A senior US State Department official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said last month that Putin would not make peace before he knows the results of the November election in the United States.

The West, Putin said, had failed to understand the extent of the changes ushered in by the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, which he said had removed any genuine ideological basis for a confrontation between Russia and the West.

"I really did have a naive impression," Putin, a former KGB spy who rose to power in 1999, said of his impressions of the world in 2000.

"The reality is that after the fall of the Soviet Union, they considered that they just had to wait for a bit to completely destroy Russia," Putin said.

Putin casts the war as part of a much bigger struggle with the United States, which the Kremlin elite says aims to cleave Russia apart, grab its vast natural resources and then turn to settling scores with China.

The West, which presents Russia and China as its main threats, says it has no plan to destroy Russia. Ukraine says it will not rest until every last Russian soldier is ejected from its territory.

(With inputs from Reuters)

This is a breaking story. More details will be added.

 

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