Vladimir Putin launches accusations against NATO -

Vladimir Putin launches accusations against NATO –

Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued harsh accusations against NATO and, at the same time, a warning about the accession of Sweden and Finland. Russian officials have previously criticized the move, calling it a destabilizing factor in the region.

On Wednesday, June 29, the Russian president denounced NATO’s “imperial ambitions”, which he says are trying to assert their “hegemony” through the Ukrainian conflict, reports AFP.

In his view, “The call on Ukraine to continue fighting and to refuse negotiations only confirms our hypothesis that Ukraine and the good of the Ukrainian people are not the goal of the West and NATO, but a means of defending their own interests.” , Putin told a news conference in Ashgabad, the Turkmen capital.

“NATO’s leading countries (…) want to assert their hegemony, their imperial ambitions,” he accused.

The Atlantic Alliance and “above all the United States need a long time to have an external enemy around which to unite their allies,” according to the Russian president. “Iran has not been good at this,” he said.

“I gave them this chance, the chance to gather everyone around them,” Putin said ironically.

Russia sees “no problem” in a possible accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO, Vladimir Putin assured.

“We have no problems with Sweden and Finland, as we have with Ukraine,” said Putin, who was visiting the Turkmen capital. “If Finland and Sweden want it, join. It’s their problem, they can adhere to what they want, “he said.

Kremlin warning for Finland and Sweden

However, he warned that “if military contingents and military infrastructure were deployed there, we would be obliged to respond symmetrically to those territories where threats have arisen for us.”

In fact, Russia has repeatedly warned Finland and Sweden against joining NARO, saying there would be “serious military and political consequences” of such action and would force Russia to “restore military balance” by strengthening its defense in the region. Baltic Sea, including through the deployment of nuclear weapons.

Other Russian officials have also reacted angrily to Finland’s and Sweden’s bid to join NATO, calling it a “destabilizing” effort that will increase tensions in the region.

In his vision, “We condemn the irresponsible approach of the North Atlantic Alliance, which is ruining European architecture, or what is left of it,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters on Wednesday.

“I have great doubts that the next period will be calm for our northern European neighbors,” he added.

Putin denies Russia’s involvement in the attack on the Ukrainian shopping center

At the same press conference, President Putin denied responsibility for the Russian army in an attack that killed at least 18 people, according to Kiev, in a crowded shopping center in Kremenciuk, Ukraine.

“Our army is not hitting any civilian infrastructure. We have every opportunity to know what and where it is, “President Putin added.

The attack on the Kremenciuk shopping center left at least 18 dead and dozens injured and missing. In this regard, Russia denies targeting a civilian target, claiming that it has bombed a weapons depot.