Putin Tells Russian Parliament West Started Ukraine War, Russia Using Force to End it

Edited By: Shankhyaneel Sarkar

Last Updated: February 21, 2023, 15:05 IST

Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 21 in his state of the nation speech accused western elites of starting the war in Ukraine (Image: Reuters File)

Russian President Putin in his address to the nation’s parliament accused the West of starting the war in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday addressed the Russian parliament in Moscow where he accused the West of starting the war in Ukraine and claimed Russia used force in order to stop it.

Putin said that Russia was open to the idea of holding dialogue and pursuing the path of diplomacy with the West and remained open to an equal system of security, but claimed Moscow received “dishonest answers” – referring to NATO’s expansion.

In his speech, he accused the West – targeting the US and its allies – of trying to turn a local conflict into a global conflict. “We will react in an appropriate way. We are talking about the existence of our country,” Putin said.

Putin also fired a warning towards the US, without naming the country, who has been giving Ukraine military assistance for the past one year. “The more long-range weapons are sent to Ukraine the longer we will have to push the threat away from us. Step by step, we will carefully and systematically solve the aims that face us,” Putin said.

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