President Vladimir Putin said in a recent interview that the Western world putting sanctions on Russia due to their inquest into Ukrain is tantamount to a declaration of war.
According to Reuters, the Russian leader also warned that any attempts to impose a no-fly zone in Ukraine would lead to catastrophic consequences for nations around the world.
Putin said that he planned to defend Russian- speaking communities through the “demilitarisation and de-Nazification” of the country so that Russia’s former Soviet neighbor.
Ukraine and Western countries have attempted to assert that this is a baseless claim and nothing more than an excuse for the invasion of Ukraine.
“These sanctions that are being imposed are akin to a declaration of war but thank God it has not come to that,” Putin said, speaking to a group of flight attendants at an Aeroflot training center near Moscow.
When he was asked about the reports that Russian conscripts were used in Ukraine, Putin said that none were involved in the “special” operation:
“There is not one conscript and we don’t plan for there to be,” Putin said. “Our army will fulfill all the tasks. I don’t doubt that at all. Everything is going to plan.”
The Russian president was dismissive of concerns that there would be a martial law or emergency situation declared in Russia, but only said the measure would be imposed if there were a significant internal or external threat.
“We don’t plan to introduce any kind of special regime on Russian territory – there is currently no need,” Putin said.