Putin delivers an extraordinary speech and threatens the West: We will use the entire arsenal of weapons
He was scheduled to deliver the speech yesterday, but Putin postponed it until today. For 19 minutes, he talked about the war in Ukraine, but also about the West, showing his muscles and threatening nuclear weapons. A speech that the foreign media considered "delusional".
"The West has gone beyond the limits of aggression against Russia. They are the ones blackmailing us into using atomic weapons. I say to the West: we have so many weapons with which to respond. And we will use every resource to protect our people," Putin said.
This speech comes at a time when it seemed as if the Russian aggression in Ukraine was receding.
Putin continues to stick to his idea of ??referendums in the occupied areas of Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia.
Referendums are expected to start next Friday.
In them, Russian citizens will have to vote whether to stay on the Russian or Ukrainian side.
The idea of ??referendums is strongly opposed and considered illegal by the West.
Emmanuel Macron said: "Russia must now understand that it cannot impose any will by military means, even if it is cynically accompanied by fake referendums, on bombed and occupied territories."
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz also insisted that the results of the referendum in Donbass will not be considered legitimate.
"Russia should withdraw its troops. Ukraine has every right to protect the integrity and sovereignty of the country and democracy. We support Ukraine," said Scholz.
On Twitter, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg of Norway also condemned the referendums in Donbass, accusing Putin of further escalating the war and tensions with Ukraine.