Russian President, Vladimir Putin has accused the West of attempting to ignite a “global” conflict and made a subliminal nuclear threat in a bizarre speech today.
Only a few days before the first anniversary of his brutal war in Ukraine,
The leader, who is 70, gave Russia’s state-of-the-nation address before the first anniversary of his brutal war in Ukraine. Putin gave his eagerly anticipated address just before Joe Biden is expected to rally support for Ukraine in Poland tonight.
The highly symbolic duelling addresses come at a time of unprecedented international tensions. The world is at its most precarious point since the Cold War as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
In his speech, Russia’s leader blamed the West for the war in Ukraine. But in one of the most extraordinary moments, Putin made a veiled threat to use nukes.
He claimed the very existence of Russia is now at stake – something considered a red line for the Kremlin.
“The goal of the West is to inflict a strategic defeat on Russia; to end us once and for all,” raged Putin.
“We will react accordingly, because we are talking about the existence of our country.”
Putin also pledged to restart nuclear testing if the US did the same.
Meanwhile, Biden – fresh off his visit to Kyiv – will give his speech tonight at the Royal Castle Poland.