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President Putin said Russia will not attack NATO

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Moscow, 28 March 2024 (TDI): President Putin said Russia will not attack NATO, Poland, the Baltic States, or the Czech Republic in an interview on Wednesday. But warned that if the West supplies F-16 fighters to Ukraine then they will be shot down by Russian forces.

President Vladimir Putin reassured the global community that Russia harbors no intentions to initiate hostilities against NATO member states. Speaking to Russian air force pilots, the President said the US-led military alliance had expanded eastwards towards Russia since the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union but that Moscow had no plans to attack a NATO state.

During a televised address from the Kremlin, President Putin emphasized Russia’s commitment to peaceful coexistence with NATO nations, highlighting the importance of dialogue and diplomacy in resolving regional tensions.

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President Putin said, “Russia will not attack NATO. We seek stability and cooperation with our neighbors. However, any attempts to escalate the situation in Ukraine or threaten Russia’s security will be met with a firm response.”

Asked about F-16 fighters which the West has promised to send to Ukraine, Putin said such aircraft would not change the situation in Ukraine. “If they supply F-16s, and they are talking about this and are apparently training pilots, this will not change the situation on the battlefield,” President Putin said.

In response to President Putin’s remarks, NATO officials have reiterated the alliance’s commitment to supporting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, while also emphasizing the importance of de-escalation and dialogue in resolving the crisis.

Ukraine, now more than two years into a full-fledged war against Russia, has sought F-16s for many months. Belgium, Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands are among countries which have pledged to donate F-16s. A coalition of countries has promised to help train Ukrainian pilots in their use.

 

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