Putin Says He Pulled Troops From Ukrainian Border to Calm the West and Was Repaid by NATO Incursion Into Russian Territory

Tried appeasement, got burned

Goes on to  explain he’s extremely concerned NATO might be moving to set up permanent military bases in Ukraine

A World War would not have started even if Russia had sunk the British destroyer off Crimea, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.

“You said the world teetered on the brink of a world war. No, of course not. Even if we had sunk that ship, it would still be difficult to imagine that this would have put the world on the brink of WWIII, since those who are doing this, they know that they cannot emerge victorious from this war,” the president said in the annual Direct Line with Vladimir Putin program.

Starts at 3:38

A new war wouldn’t make Russia happy either, the president added. “But we at least know what we are fighting for. We are fighting on our territory for ourselves, for our future,” the president stressed.

Focusing on the political component of the incident with the HMS Defender, Putin noted that a few days ahead of it he had met with US President Joe Biden in Geneva. “The question is – why was it necessary to stage such a provocation? What was this all done for? For the sake of emphasizing that these people don’t respect the choice of the Crimean people to join the Russian Federation, that they don’t recognize something there? Well, okay, carry on with not recognizing this. But why stage such provocations?” the president asked.

In response to the cessation of Russian military exercises near Ukraine’s borders, Western countries showed up on Russia’s borders, he went on to say. “It was not us coming to them from thousands of kilometers away, flying or sailing. It was them who approached our borders and violated our territorial sea, and this is an essential element in all that construction,” Putin stressed.

“Look, first, there was a big fuss over our exercises we were holding near the Ukrainian borders. I issued instructions to the Defense Ministry to gradually curtail them and pull the troops back, if somebody finds them worrisome,” Putin said in the annual Direct Line with Vladimir Putin program on Wednesday. But instead of reacting to this positively and saying: “Good, we have seen your response to our anger,” what did they do? They showed up on our borders,” Putin said.

Source: TASS

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Ultrafart the Brave
Ultrafart the Brave
3 months ago

“But instead of reacting to this positively and saying: “Good, we have seen your response to our anger,” what did they do? They showed up on our borders,” Putin said.”

That puts the lie to the NATO & US narrative right there.

None of the Western powers can be taken at their word – they have no sincerity and habitually spew lies. It’s unambiguously demonstrated by their actions – they have premeditated and relentless ill intent towards Russia.

That all seems so patterned after the tactics of the self-appointed “Chosen People”, who cry out in pain as they strike their opponents.

ken
ken
3 months ago

“But instead of reacting to this positively and saying: “Good, we have seen your response to our anger,” what did they do? They showed up on our borders,” Putin said.

Well Mr. Putin. That is how bullies act. You know that!

And sadly, there is only one way to shut down a bully and his gang.

Jodi1
Jodi1
3 months ago

How many times does a situation with Russia happen like this? Putin is always looking towards the good of human beings. Unfortunately, some people and their ideology will not change. And this does make Putin appear naive and somewhat gullible. The west will read this behaviour as a weakness. The western leaders will take advantage of this because they are who they are…immoral and liars and ruthless.

Steve Kastl
Steve Kastl
3 months ago
Reply to  Jodi1

They misread Putin at their own peril. B&B (Biden and Blinken) are no match for Putin intellectually and it is good he looks for the best in people, even when it may seem naive. Refreshing attitude.

joeg
joeg
3 months ago

America’s Euro poodles are an embarrassing lost

john mason
john mason
3 months ago

Putin repeating the same mistakes; trying to appease the West especially the US. What is Russia so afraid off that they have to continuously bend over for the US/West?

Raptar Driver
Raptar Driver
3 months ago

He is an excellent politician, he always says just the right things.

yuri
yuri
3 months ago

anglo amerikan cowards may win a few battles, but lose all wars—Russians will always strategically retreat in order to win the war

Raptar Driver
Raptar Driver
3 months ago
Reply to  yuri

Like burning down all your farms and major cities.
You might win the war but you also lost the war.
This is why you are where you are.
Assuming you are Russian and not a CIA troll.

Last edited 3 months ago by Raptar Driver
Hoyeru
Hoyeru
3 months ago

Yes Putin, and IF you had moved swiftly in 2014 and saved Ukraine from NATO/West/USA invasion, this problem wouldn’t be happening now. SO it’s YOUR own fault for allowing Ukraine to fall in West’s hands. So dont be crying now.

Raptar Driver
Raptar Driver
3 months ago
Reply to  Hoyeru

Correct, nail on the head!

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