The Russian President, Vladimir Putinassured this Saturday that the sanctions against Russia from Western countries are similar to a “declaration of war” and has warned that any attempt to impose a no-fly zone in Ukraine would amount to conflict.
Putin has reiterated that the objectives of his armed intervention in Ukraine are defend Russian-speaking communities through the “demilitarization and denazification” of the country to make it neutral.
Both Ukraine and Western countries have dismissed these reasons and considered them an unfounded pretext for the invasion that the Russian president launched on February 24for which they have imposed a wide range of sanctions destined to isolate Moscow.
“These sanctions that are being imposed are like a declaration of war, but thank God it has not come to that,” Putin said during a meeting with women flight crews of Russian airlinesat an Aeroflot training center near Moscow.
Vladimir Putin has also referred to the request of the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, NATO to declare a no-fly over his country, which has been denied by the Alliance. “We heard somewhere that it is necessary to establish a no-fly zone over the territory of Ukraine. To do this is impossible from the territory of Ukraine itself, can only be done from the territory of some neighboring states. But any move in that direction will be considered by us as participation in the armed conflict by that State from whose territory threats to our country are created,” he warned.
In addition, he has warned about the consequences that Ukraine’s accession to NATO. “We began to talk more and more actively about the fact that Ukraine will be accepted into NATO. Do you understand what this could lead to?” asked the Russian leader.
Intervene in Ukraine, a “difficult” decision
Putin has affirmed that the decision to intervene militarily in Ukraine was “difficult”, although he has assured that his country’s forces have practically already eliminated the military infrastructure of his rival. “The first thing they (the Russian military) did was destroy the entire military infrastructure. Well, not all of it, but partially, mainly warehouses with weapons, ammunition, aviation, anti-aircraft defense systems. To destroy air defense systems it takes some time: you have to find them and then hit. This work has practically been completed”, she has assured.
As specified, there are no conscripts involved in the military operation, which is being carried out solely by professional soldiers. “There is not a single conscript and we do not plan for there to be one,” Putin said, adding that the Army will fulfill “all tasks.” “I have no doubt about that, everything goes according to plan“, has manifested.
The Russian president has also pointed out that the proposals from your country for a solution to this conflict with Ukraine are on the table of the negotiations with the Kiev authorities, and has said that he hopes that they will respond positively. “One of our key requirements is demilitarization, that is, we help the citizens and residents of Donbas seeking Ukraine’s neutral status“, he indicated.
Putin has Ruled out that martial law will be imposed or declare a state of emergency in Russia, a measure that was only imposed when there was an internal problem or an external threat. “We do not plan to introduce any kind of special regime on Russian territory, there is currently no need.