The Russian president criticized that the US used cluster munitions “in the hands” of the Ukrainian Army.
The president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, and his Belarusian counterpart, Alexander Lukashenko, met this Friday in the Russian city of Sochi.
Putin noted that Russia has never refused to negotiate with Ukraine and that “if the other party wants it, it will say so clearly.” According to the Russian president, “the US is trying solve everything by force or economic sanctions“. “We do not pose a threat for anyone, the biggest threat in the world (…) is created by the ruling elites today,” he said.
Furthermore, the president stated this “It is important that Ukraine does not forget ‘hopak'”, which refers to a Ukrainian folk dance. “Otherwise, they dance to other people’s voices and music all the time,” he lamented.
Among other things, Putin criticized that cluster munitions were widely used by Ukrainians on the battlefield. He also explained that the US uses this type of ammunition “in the hands” of the Ukrainian Army. “There is a country that believes itself to be unique, it is the United States,” he declared, adding that “even what is considered a crime, (Washington) allows it, because at the end of the day, the United States using cluster munitions”.
For his part, Lukashenko said that Western countries, instead of reprimanding Russia for wanting to “invite” someone to participate in a special military operation, should count how many They sent mercenaries to Ukraine. “The West must first count how many mercenaries are sent there, how many are fighting there. There (…) They all fought on the side of the Ukrainians. “Why should Russia be blamed for inviting someone?” he said.
Meanwhile, according to Putin, almost 300,000 Russian citizens have signed contracts with the Armed Forces of Russia this year. “300,000 contracts signed by people who (…) are ready to sacrifice their lives for the interests of their homeland, protecting the interests of Russia,” he said.
Also, Putin emphasized that Russia has regained all power in the energy sector and plans to launch world-class plants in the near future. “I want to say something about the restrictions: European companies refuse to supply equipment, apparently they think that we lack the skills. We have restored all the skills, moved the calendar to some month to the right, and in the near future. Big companies around the world will launch” he emphasized.
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