Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned outside forces not to interfere in Ukraine's conflict and promised a "lightning-fast" response to such actions, using Moscow's most advanced weaponry.
Putin spoke with lawmakers in Moscow on Wednesday.
"If anyone decides to intervene from the outside in current events and create strategic threats that are unacceptable to us, they should know that our response to these coming blows will be lightning fast," he said. he explained.
“We have all the tools to do it. Tools that no one but us can boast of. But we're not going to brag. We will use them if such a need arises, ”added the president, without specifying what tools could be put in place.
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The Russian authorities have already taken all the necessary decisions to prepare for such a response, he added.
Last week, Moscow successfully tested its next-generation RS-28 Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile. The new nuclear-capable weapon can carry multiple Avangard hypersonic gliders, which are said to be able to evade existing air defenses due to their extreme speed and ability to perform constant maneuvers while in flight.
Unlike Russia, the United States and its NATO allies do not currently have hypersonic weapons in service. For now at least.
Western countries have been actively supplying kyiv with weapons, including anti- the conflict with Russia began. They also imposed harsh sanctions aimed at reducing Russia's ability to fund its military campaign.
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However, Washington has so far ruled out NATO putting ground troops or a no-fly zone over Ukraine, citing fears of direct conflict with Russia.
Moscow has repeatedly criticized deadly aid deliveries to Ukraine, saying they only destabilize the situation and hamper prospects for peace. On Tuesday, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused NATO of "essentially going to war against Russia through a proxy and arming that proxy".
Russia attacked its neighbor in late February after Ukraine refused to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow's eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Luhansk. The protocols negotiated by Germany and France aimed to give the separatist regions a special status within the Ukrainian state.
Since then, the Kremlin has demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country and offer guarantees that it will not join NATO. Ukraine views the Russian offensive as an unprovoked act of war and has denied claims that it planned to retake the two republics by force.