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Highlights from Putin’s speech on breakaway regions in Ukraine

It was an hour-long speech that threatened to clear the way for war. On Monday evening, President Vladimir V. Putin said he would recognize the independence of two Russian-backed territories in eastern Ukraine, setting the stage for the possibility of Russia taking military action against Ukraine.

These are excerpts from his speech, which he said was also addressed to his “countrymen” in Ukraine.

  • “Why is it necessary to eliminate our enemies?” Putin asked, reiterating longstanding grievances about NATO’s eastward expansion. “They don’t want an independent, large country like Russia. Here are the answers to all the questions. “

  • “We clearly understand that in such a scenario, the level of military threat to Russia will increase many times,” Putin said of the possibility of Ukraine joining NATO. “If our ancestors heard about this, they probably wouldn’t believe it. And we don’t want to believe it. But that’s the way it is.”

  • “I would like to emphasize once again that Ukraine is not just a neighboring country for us. It is an integral part of our own history, culture, spiritual space,” Putin said, referring to Ukraine’s importance to Russia. “These are our comrades, our relatives, between them are not only colleagues, friends, old colleagues but also relatives, people who are closely linked with us by affection and family. family”.

  • “We are being blackmailed, they are threatening us with sanctions. But I think they will impose those sanctions,” he said, referring to the possible consequences of Russia’s actions. “A new excuse will always be found or fabricated. Regardless of the situation in Ukraine,” he added. “The sole purpose: to keep Russia, to prevent it from developing. And they will do it even without any official reason. Just because we exist. We will never give up our sovereignty, national interests and values.”

  • “The so-called civilized world, representatives of their self-proclaimed western colleagues, they act like they don’t notice anything. As if nothing had happened, as if this nightmare didn’t exist.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/21/world/europe/putin-speech-transcript.html Highlights from Putin’s speech on breakaway regions in Ukraine

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