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World Putin warns NATO of Russia's unstoppable missiles if his 'red line' in Ukraine is crossed

08:00  01 december  2021
08:00  01 december  2021 Source:   businessinsider.com

Russia Ramps Up War Rhetoric Against Ukraine as West Fears Imminent Invasion

  Russia Ramps Up War Rhetoric Against Ukraine as West Fears Imminent Invasion Russian claims of fearsome provocations from Ukraine match prior instances in which the Kremlin used self defense as a pretext to war.Through a series of public statements and posts through its state news services, leaders in Russia on Monday presented the unified case that Ukraine was needlessly deploying its military forces to challenge Russia’s sovereignty and its nearby interests, that rising concern in the West of military action by Moscow represents only an attempt by Kyiv to mask its own intentions to do so, that the Western-backed peace process for the conflict in Ukraine is broken and that Kyiv’s allies in Europe and North America are not prepared to back up their

Russian President Vladimir Putin looks over a mockup of Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov while at a military exposition in Sevastopol, Crimea, January 9, 2020. Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images © Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images Russian President Vladimir Putin looks over a mockup of Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov while at a military exposition in Sevastopol, Crimea, January 9, 2020. Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images
  • Putin warned NATO that deploying troops or advanced missiles to Ukraine would cross a "red line."
  • The Russian leader said Moscow would be forced to take action while boasting about Russia's hypersonic missiles.
  • Hypersonic missiles are designed to be virtually unstoppable, and can fly at least five times the speed of sound.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday warned NATO against crossing a "red line" in Ukraine, underscoring that Moscow would have no choice but to respond while boasting about Russia's hypersonic missile development.

The US's refusal to accept reality in Ukraine could get a lot of people killed

  The US's refusal to accept reality in Ukraine could get a lot of people killed Biden must honestly assess if it is worth starting World War III over a territory with little significance to overall US security. © Sergei Malgavko\TASS via Getty Images Russian landing ships and military vehicles during an exercise at the Opuk training ground in Crimea, April 22, 2021. Sergei Malgavko\TASS via Getty Images Russia has proven that it is willing to bear significant monetary and human costs to prevent a western-aligned Ukraine. Years of tough economic sanctions and the estimated loss of several hundred Russian soldiers has done little to change Russia's objectives in Ukraine.

Putin said that the deployment of NATO troops or advanced missile systems on Ukrainian soil that could strike Moscow within minutes would be a step too far for Russia. NATO has not taken any steps along these lines.

"If some kind of strike systems appear on the territory of Ukraine, the flight time to Moscow will be seven to 10 minutes, and five minutes in the case of a hypersonic weapon being deployed. Just imagine," Putin said.

"What are we to do in such a scenario? We will have to then create something similar in relation to those who threaten us in that way. And we can do that now," Putin added, referencing Russia's recent tests of a hypersonic missile.

Putin has said the Zircon hypersonic cruise missile, which is poised to enter service with the Russian Navy in 2022, is capable of flying nine times the speed of sound and has a range of roughly 620 miles, according to the Associated Press. On Tuesday, Putin emphasized that the missile could reach some targets within "just five minutes."

Russia's buildup of troops near Ukraine sparks fears of attack: Analysis

  Russia's buildup of troops near Ukraine sparks fears of attack: Analysis The Russian buildup of troops near Ukraine has triggered the worst fears of a major Russian military incursion since 2014. Fears of invasion are greater now than at any time since Moscow first seized Crimea in 2014.

Hypersonic missiles are designed to be virtually unstoppable and are capable of flying at least five times the speed of sound. The US, Russia, and China are locked in a global arms race to develop hypersonic weapons.

A top Space Force official earlier this month said that the US is "not as advanced as the Chinese or the Russians in terms of hypersonic programs."

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a concert marking the seventh anniversary of the Crimea annexation on March 18, 2021 in Moscow, Russia. Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images © Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a concert marking the seventh anniversary of the Crimea annexation on March 18, 2021 in Moscow, Russia. Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

Putin's warning to NATO on Tuesday came amid fears that Russia is preparing to invade Ukraine.


Video: NATO warns about Russia's 'potential capabilities' against Ukraine (Daily Mail)

For the second time this year, tens of thousands of Russian troops have amassed along Ukraine's border.

NATO chief warns Russia of 'costs' if it moves on Ukraine

  NATO chief warns Russia of 'costs' if it moves on Ukraine BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned Russia Friday that any attempt to invade Ukraine would have costs, as concern mounts about a Russian military buildup near its former Soviet neighbor’s borders. Ukraine says Moscow kept about 90,000 troops near their common border following massive war games in western Russia earlier this year. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry said units of the Russian 41st army remain near Yelnya, about 260 kilometers (160 miles) north of the border.Moscow denies that it’s planning any invasion and refuses to provide details about troop movements on its own territory.

The Kremlin denies any plans to invade, while blaming NATO for the tensions. Ukraine has said that more than 90,000 Russian troops have gathered on its border, and Ukrainian President Voldymyr Zelensky last week warned that he'd uncovered a coup plot involving Russians. It's unclear what Putin will do next, but he has the region on edge.

Ivo Daalder, the US ambassador to NATO from 2009 to 2013, recently told Insider, "There is a major risk of Russian military activity in Ukraine in the next few months. All the signs point to a major build up of military capability."

The Russian president views the increased influence of the US and NATO in Ukraine, a former Soviet republic and Russia's nextdoor neighbor, as a major security threat. Ukraine is not a member of NATO, but maintains a robust partnership with the alliance.

Ukraine lies at the center of the contentious dynamic between Moscow and the West. In 2014, Russian forces entered Crimea and it was unilaterally annexed by Putin, prompting outcry around the world. And since that year, Kremlin-backed rebels have been fighting a war against Ukrainian troops in the eastern Donbass region. The conflict has claimed over 13,000 lives.

Why Russia is stoking border tensions with Ukraine

  Why Russia is stoking border tensions with Ukraine The Kremlin is sending the West a message, but how big a risk is there of conflict?But whatever they agreed about Ukraine at their summit, something has since gone awry.

The US has provided over $2.5 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since 2014, and there's bipartisan support in Congress for increasing that aid.

Putin on Tuesday suggested that Russia and the West need to reach new security agreements in order to avoid further conflict, the Associated Press reported.

"The matter is not whether to send troops or not, go to war or not, but to establish a more fair and stable development and taking into account security interests of all international players," Putin said. "If we sincerely strive for that, no one will fear any threats."

Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday warned Russia that "renewed aggression" to Ukraine "can trigger serious consequences."

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Talks on Ukraine would pose challenge of their own for Biden .
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said this week the U.S. would take a more direct role in diplomacy to address Vladimir Putin's concerns over Ukraine and Europe at large, part of a broader effort to dissuade the Russian leader from ordering a destabilizing new invasion of Ukraine. But any negotiations to peacefully resolve Europe’s tangled East-West rivalries will present minefields all their own for the U.S. president. AdministrationBut any negotiations to peacefully resolve Europe’s tangled East-West rivalries will present minefields all their own for the U.S. president.

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