Today, Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed that Russia will consider any country trying to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine from the warring countries, which Kyiv’s claim that NATO rejected, and stressed that the sanctions imposed on his country amount to a “declaration of war.”
“We hear that it will be necessary to create a no-fly zone over the territory of Ukraine. But it is impossible to do it from the territory of Ukraine, it can only be done from the territory of neighboring countries,” Putin said during a meeting with Russian Airlines workers.
He added that any action in this direction would be considered by Moscow as a “participation in the armed conflict of any country” that would use its territory “to pose a threat to our military forces.” Putin also warned that Ukraine could lose its “state” if the Ukrainian authorities did not change their policy.
“The current (Ukrainian, editor’s note) authorities must understand that if they continue to do what they are doing, they are putting the future of the Ukrainian state into question. And if this happens, they will be fully responsible for it,” said the Kremlin master.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday strongly criticized NATO’s refusal to establish a no-fly zone in Ukraine to neutralize Russia’s superior air capabilities.
Western countries refuse to agree to this request, which is complicated to implement, on the grounds that it may carry a high risk of direct conflict with Russia, whose soldiers have been interfering in Ukraine since February 24. But they imposed a series of severe sanctions on Russia in retaliation for the Russian offensive in Ukraine.
Vladimir Putin said: “A lot of the things that are happening now (…) that we are facing are ways to fight a battle against Russia. These sanctions that are being imposed are tantamount to a declaration of war.” “But thank God, we haven’t reached that yet,” he added.
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