Saturday, June 6, 2015

‘Russia would attack NATO only in mad person’s dream’ – Putin

Russia is not building up its offensive military capabilities overseas and is only responding to security threats caused by US and NATO military expansion on its borders, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Italian outlet Il Corriere della Sera.

Speaking to the paper on the eve of his visit to Italy, Putin stressed that one should not take the ongoing “Russian aggression” scaremongering in the West seriously, as a global military conflict is unimaginable in the modern world.

“I think that only an insane person and only in a dream can imagine that Russia would suddenly attack NATO. I think some countries are simply taking advantage of people’s fears with regard to Russia. They just want to play the role of front-line countries that should receive some supplementary military, economic, financial or some other aid,” Putin said. 

Certain countries could be deliberately nurturing such fears, he added, saying that hypothetically the US could need an external threat to maintain its leadership in the Atlantic community. “Iran is clearly not very scary or big enough” for this, Putin noted with irony.
Russia’s President invited the journalists to compare the global military presence of Russia and the US/NATO, as well as their military spending levels. He also urged them to look at the steps each side has taken in connection with the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty since the collapse of the Soviet Union. 

Russia’s military policy is “not global, offensive, or aggressive,” Putin stressed, adding that Russia has “virtually no bases abroad,” and the few that do exist are remnants of its Soviet past............ DETAILS TO FOLLOW......


  1. Putin: "Solo alguien que no esté en sus cabales podría imaginar que Rusia atacará a la OTAN" ...

    Comentando las preocupaciones de algunos países sobre posibles acciones agresivas por parte de Rusia, el presidente Vladímir Putin ha expresado al periódico italiano 'Il Corriere della Sera' que "solo alguien que no esté en sus cabales podría imaginar que Rusia atacará a la OTAN".

    "En lo que se refiere a las preocupaciones de ciertos países con respecto a posibles acciones agresivas por parte de Rusia, creo que solo una persona que no esté en sus cabales, y además soñando, se podría imaginar que Rusia de repente atacará a la OTAN", ha anunciado el presidente Vladímir Putin en una entrevista a 'Il Corriere della Sera' en vísperas de su visita a Italia, informa Ria Novosti. "En algunos países, me parece, especulan en base a los miedos hacia Rusia", ha añadido Putin.
    "No hay por qué temer a Rusia"............

  2. President Vladimir Putin tells West not to fear Russia...

    Russia is not a threat to Nato, President Vladimir Putin says.

    "Only an insane person and only in a dream can imagine that Russia would suddenly attack Nato," Mr Putin told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

    The Western alliance is bolstering its military presence in its eastern European members in response to their fears of Russian threat, following its involvement in the Ukraine conflict.

    Nato says that Russia is backing rebels in Ukraine - a claim denied by Moscow.

    Early this month, Nato pledged to counter "hybrid warfare" from Russia - which included a mixture of conventional military tactics, subversive campaigns and cyber-warfare that Russia was using in Ukraine......BBC


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