China & Russia on Monday agreed to extend the Treaty of Good-Neighborliness & Friendly Cooperation amid the 20th anniversary of the pact.
Chinese President Xi Jinping & Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a joint statement, officially announcing the extension of the treaty. pic.twitter.com/rz1VQjpg9s
— Zhang Heqing张和清 (@zhang_heqing) June 28, 2021
It’s good Putin is confident.
I’m not this confident. But I’m glad he is.
President Vladimir Putin has slammed the violation of Russian territorial waters by British warship HMS Defender as a “provocation,” He also claimed that London’s American allies had a hand in last week’s incident, near Crimea.
However, apparently casting doubt on NATO’s Article V collective defense pact, the Russian leader claimed that even if Moscow had sunk the vessel, it wouldn’t have led to World War III.
President Vladimir Putin has slammed the violation of Russian territorial waters by British warship HMS Defender as a “provocation.” He also claimed that London’s American allies had a hand in last week’s incident near Crimea.
Last week, the British naval ship HMS Defender entered the country’s territorial waters and traveled three kilometers (almost two miles) inside the frontier, near Cape Fiolent, in Crimea. According to Russia’s Ministry of Defense, the coastguard targeted warning shots at the boat. This has been disputed by the British, but video evidence suggests the Russian version of events is more accurate.
— Mike Eckel (@Mike_Eckel) June 25, 2021
According to London, the destroyer was making a peaceful passage through the territorial waters of Ukraine in accordance with international law. The UK does not recognize Crimea as part of Russia.
Speaking at his annual ‘Direct Line’ call-in show, Putin revealed that a US strategic airplane took off from an airfield on the island of Crete and flew towards Russia on the morning before HMS Defender entered Russian waters.
However, despite the provocation, the two NATO members do not want a conflict, and it is not true to say that the world is now standing on the brink of a world war, he said.
“Even if we had sunk that ship, it would still be hard to imagine that the world would be on the brink of World War III,” the president said. “Because those who are doing this know that they can’t get out of this war victorious. That’s a very important thing.”
Putin also slammed the West for its hypocrisy, noting that Moscow had ordered its troops to move away from Ukraine’s border earlier this year, after Russia had received complaints.
“We did it. But instead of reacting to it positively and saying: ‘OK, we understand your reaction to our indignation,’ instead, what did they do? They have come to our borders,” Putin said.
Yes, they are definitely on your borders.
Which suggests to me that even if they would lose a war, they do not think they would lose a war, or they wouldn’t be trying to start one.
There is no reason to send warships to make incursions unless you are purposefully trying to start a war. Unless it was some kind of accident – which there is no reason to believe – then this is part of an ongoing attempt by the West to start a war with Russia.
It’s the flip side of going there and flying the anal flag.
— Jared Cawley ?️??? (@JaredCawley) June 26, 2021
Every form of war is on the table here.
But hey – sure.
It’s good Putin’s confident.