Russia no threat to anyone, Putin says
Iran Press TV
Wed Nov 26, 2014 6:25PM GMT
Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow poses no threat to anyone, but will not budge on its stance to defend its sovereignty and integrity and ensure the security of its allies.
'We are not threatening anyone and we have no intentions to get involved in any geopolitical games or intrigues, let alone conflicts, no matter who tries to draw us into them or how they try to do so,' Putin told a meeting with military chiefs in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Wednesday.
He added, 'At the same time, it is indispensable to securely safeguard the sovereignty and integrity of Russia and the security of our allies.'
The remarks come as Russia and the West are at odds over Moscow's alleged involvement in the Ukrainian conflict.
On Wednesday, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe General Philip Breedlove said in the Ukrainian capital city of Kiev that Russian troops are still operating in the volatile eastern parts of Ukraine.
Breedlove further warned of what he described as Russia's military build-up in the strategic Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, which integrated into the Russian Federation following a referendum in March.
Ukraine's mainly Russian-speaking regions in the east have witnessed deadly clashes between pro-Russia activists and the Ukrainian army since Kiev launched military operations to silence the pro-Moscow protests in mid-April.
According to the latest figures by the United Nations, more than 4,300 people have been killed in the fighting. In addition, nearly a million people have been forced to flee their homes.
Kiev and its Western allies accuse neighboring Russia of having a hand in the chaotic situation in eastern Ukraine. However, the Kremlin has repeatedly denied the allegation as baseless.
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