Amid Ukraine’s strong reaction to the Kremlin invasion, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the counteroffensive would not affect his country’s plans. Interestingly, this comes after US President Joe Biden warned Putin against using chemical or tactical nuclear weapons.
While pledging to continue military action against Ukraine, Putin said Russia had yet to deploy its full forces. He was speaking at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.
“Our offensive operation in the Donbass does not stop. They are advancing – not at a very fast pace – but they are gradually taking more and more territory,” Putin said. BBC News.
Although he did not reveal what Russia’s response to the Ukrainian counteroffensive will be, Putin said he was in no rush. “We are seeing activity there, and there. Well, the authorities in Kyiv have announced that they have launched and are carrying out an active counter-offensive operation. Well, let’s see how it will end,” he added.
He warned, however, of a “more serious” response if the Ukrainian attacks continue. “The Russian armed forces delivered several significant blows. You have to assume that these are warning strikes,” he added. The Russian president also said his army was not fighting in full.
Meanwhile, Biden has warned Putin against using nuclear weapons, saying his actions will change the face of war unlike anything since World War II.
Biden said there would be consequences if Putin crossed that line. “They will become more of an outcast in the world than they ever have been. And depending on the extent of what they do, that will determine what response will come,” he told the other day. a news channel.
Earlier, in a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the SOC, Modi urged Putin to end the conflict in Ukraine, saying ‘the era of today is not one of war’ even as it called for finding ways to address the global food and energy security crisis. “I know that today’s era is not one of war. We have discussed this issue with you many times on the phone, that democracy, diplomacy and dialogue affect the whole world. We will have opportunity to talk today about how we can move forward on the road to peace in the days to come,” Modi told Putin.
Modi’s stance was praised by Western media who said the speech underscored Russia’s growing isolation on the world stage. “The removal of Putin by the leaders of the two most populous countries in the world [India and China]– both of whom played central roles in supporting the Russian economy in the face of Western sanctions – undermined the Kremlin’s message that Russia was far from a global pariah,” The New York Times report read.