Moscow, Russia | Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed on Thursday that he would “break the teeth” of those attacking Russia, against a backdrop of ongoing tensions with the West.
“Everyone wants to bite us or snatch something from us.” Mr. Putin said during a meeting with national organizations, “But they must know, those who will try to do this, that we will break their teeth, so that they are no longer able to bite.”
Even after losing a third of its potential (with the fall of the Soviet Union), Russia is still too big for some. Indeed, the potential is enormous and its territory remains the largest in the world.
He did not specify the countries targeted by these comments.
It also promoted again the latest weapons Russia developed, such as the “Avangard” supersonic missiles, which he described as being able to outperform any anti-missile defense system.
Mr. Putin used to send shocking sentences or risky jokes to praise his country and threaten his opponents.
In 2016, he joked on television that “Russia’s borders do not end anywhere,” two years after Ukraine’s Crimea was annexed and one year after he launched his army to help President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
Relations between Russia and the West are at an all-time low after multiple disputes over Ukraine and Syria, and accusations of electoral interference, espionage and cyberattacks attributed to Moscow.
However, on Thursday, Moscow welcomed “positive signals” in Russian-American relations after Washington abandoned certain sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 strategic pipeline and a “constructive” meeting between the two countries’ diplomatic chiefs.