Now Putin threatens to take ‘military-technical measures’ if the West continues its ‘aggression’ in Ukraine that has pushed Russia ‘to a line that we can’t cross’

  • Moscow has officially demanded that NATO deny membership to Ukraine 
  • Putin today said he would consider several options if the West does not comply
  • He argued that NATO could deploy missiles in Ukraine to threaten Moscow
  • ‘They have pushed us to a line that we can’t cross and we must tell them – stop!’
  • The Russian President’s comments come just one day after he announced the successful test-firing of a salvo of Russia’s new ‘Zircon’ hypersonic missiles 
  • Russia still maintains roughly 100,000 troops near to Ukraine and yesterday released a ‘war-games’ video showing extensive combat exercises 

Russian President Vladimir Putin today announced he would ponder a slew of options if the West fails to meet his push for security guarantees preventing NATO’s expansion to Ukraine.

Earlier this month, Moscow submitted draft security documents demanding that NATO deny membership to Ukraine and other former Soviet countries and roll back its military deployments in Central and Eastern Europe.

Putin has urged the West to move quickly to meet the demands, warning that Moscow will have to take ‘adequate military-technical measures’ if the West continues its ‘aggressive’ course ‘on the threshold of our home.’

‘We have nowhere to retreat,’ he said, adding that NATO could deploy missiles in Ukraine that would take just four or five minutes to reach Moscow. 

‘They have pushed us to a line that we can’t cross. They have taken it to the point where we simply must tell them – `Stop!´’ 

Putin’s announcement comes just one day after Russian authorities released a video of large-scale ‘war games’ in which Russian troops in five separate locations conducted military drills and live-fire exercises, with many taking place close to the Ukrainian border. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin today announced he would ponder a slew of options if the West fails to meet his push for security guarantees preventing NATO’s expansion to Ukraine (Putin pictured Dec. 24) 

Putin’s announcement comes just one day after Russian authorities released a video of large-scale ‘war games’ in which Russian troops in five separate locations conducted military drills and live-fire exercises, with many taking place close to the Ukrainian border (pictured: Satellite image of Russian military deployed in Opuk Training Area, in annexed Crimea, earlier this week) 

Ukrainian reservists attend a military exercise at a training ground near Kiev, Ukraine, 18 December 2021 (issued 19 December 2021), in preparation for a potential invasion

Asked to specify what such Moscow’s response could be, he said in comments aired by Russian state TV Sunday that ‘it could be diverse,’ adding without elaboration that ‘it will depend on what proposals our military experts submit to me.’ 

The U.S. and its allies have refused to offer Russia the kind of guarantee on Ukraine that Putin wants, citing NATO´s principle that membership is open to any qualifying country. 

They agreed, however, to launch security talks with Russia next month to discuss its concerns, and Putin said the talks with the U.S. will be held in Geneva. 

In remarks broadcast today, Putin said that Russia submitted the demands in the hope of a constructive answer from the West.

‘This is not our choice, we do not want this.’

‘We have to think about ensuring our security prospects not just for today and next week but for the near future.’

‘We just directly posed the question that there should be no further NATO movement to the east, the ball is in their court, they should answer us with something. In this regard, I would like to stress that on the whole we have seen a positive reaction so far, our American partners tell us that they are ready to start this discussion.’ 

On NATO expansion:

‘What is unclear here? Are we putting missiles next to the United States’ borders? No, it is the United States that has come to us with their missiles, they are already on our doorstep.’

‘The course of negotiations is not important to us, the result is important… ‘Not one inch to the East,’ they told us in the 90s. So what? They cheated, just brazenly tricked us! Five waves of NATO expansion and now already, please, the systems are appearing in Romania and Poland.’

On Donbass:

‘The future of Donbass should be determined by the people who live in Donbass… It cannot be any other way. We see our role as mediators in creating the best conditions for determining the future of the people who live in this territory.’ 

On Russia labelling some media as foreign agents:

‘We do not forbid the work of these organisations. We want organisations engaging in Russia’s domestic political activity to clearly and concisely declare the sources of foreign funding for their work.’   

‘We didn’t do it just to see it blocked… but for the purpose of reaching a negotiated diplomatic result that would be fixed in legally binding documents,’ Putin said.

The Russian President reaffirmed that NATO membership for Ukraine, or the deployment of alliance weapons there, is a red line for Moscow that it wouldn’t allow the West to cross.

He voiced concern that the U.S. and its allies could try to drag out the security talks and use them as a cover to pursue a military buildup near Russia.

He noted that Russia published its security demands to make them known to the public and raise the pressure on the U.S. and its allies to negotiate a security deal.

‘We have just one goal – to reach agreements that would ensure the security of Russia and its citizens now and in a long-term perspective,’ he said.

The Kremlin presented its security demand amid the tensions over a Russian troop buildup near Ukraine in recent weeks that has fueled Western fears of a possible invasion.   

U.S. President Joe Biden warned Putin in a video call earlier this month that Russia will face ‘severe consequences’ if it attacks Ukraine.

Russia has denied an intention of launching an invasion and, in its turn, accused Ukraine of hatching plans to try to reclaim control of the territories held by Moscow-backed rebels by force.

Ukraine has rejected the claim.

Putin’s comments on the dangers posed to Russia by a possible NATO expansion into Ukraine come just one day after a video released on Christmas Day showed the Russian army drilling in ‘new forms and methods of modern combined arms combat in the Voronezh region’ – which borders Ukraine.

The video shows more than 1,200 air assault troops and 250 pieces of military equipment engaged in military drills in snow and fog at the Opuk range in Crimea, annexed by Russia from Ukraine in 2014, and at the Rayevsky range near Novorossiysk in Krasnodar region, close to the Ukrainian border. 

The show of strength – coinciding with Christmas celebrations in the West – was accompanied by another announcement from Putin, who revealed that a successful salvo launch of Russia’s Mach-9 capable Zircon missiles, which Russia boasts can evade all missile defences, had been conducted.

Moscow has for weeks been massing tens of thousands of troops, tanks and artillery pieces along its eastern flank, sparking fears of an invasion, though the Kremlin has insisted it is merely a defence force (pictured, Russian forces currently massed in border regions)

More than 1,000 Russian troops were involved in firing exercises in five regions in recent days, while tanks conducted mobile defence drills involving 500 soldiers


As world powers race to develop advanced weaponry, Russia has carried out a number of successful tests of its Zircon hypersonic cruise missile. Pictured: An earlier test of Russia’s Zircon missile in November 

‘Zircon are our newest missiles fired from the sea at sea targets, and land targets,’ he said.

‘The tests were carried out successfully, flawlessly. This is a big event for our country, a significant step in improving Russia’s security, in increasing (our) defence capability.’

It is the first time a successful Zircon salvo test has been reported, and was announced personally by Putin. 

According to a survey conducted by the Kiev International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) in December 2021 and published on 17 December 2021, 50.2 percent of Ukrainians said they would resist in case of a Russian military intervention into their city, town or village. 

Every third respondent to the poll, 33.3 percent, said they were ready to engage in armed resistance while 21.7 percent said they were ready to participate in ‘civil resistance actions’. 

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