Putin: Russia to ‘respond toughly’ to further eastward expansion by NATO

Putin: Russia to ‘respond toughly’ to further eastward expansion by NATO

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned of military-technical measures and a tough response if NATO expands further toward Russia’s borders as tensions escalate between Washington and Moscow over the situation in Ukraine.

“In case of clearly aggressive policy continued by our Western colleagues, we will take adequate military-technical measures and respond toughly to unfriendly steps,” Putin said at a meeting of top generals on Tuesday. “And, I want to emphasize, we have every right to do so, we have every right to take actions designed to ensure the security and sovereignty of Russia.”

The Russian president said NATO’s decision to expand eastward was a miscalculation driven in part by a sense of “euphoria” after the Cold War.

“Sometimes you wonder why they did it under those circumstances. It’s unclear, I think the reason was euphoria from the victory in the so-called Cold War or the so-called victory in the Cold War. And…

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