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Putin Orders Nuclear Forces To Be Alert, Warns Western Countries Not To Interfere

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Reacting to “aggressive statements” by Nato countries, Vladimir Putin has ordered Russia’s nuclear deterrence forces to get ready.

The president, gave the order in a meeting with the defence minister, Sergei Shoigu, and Valery Gerasimov, the chief of the general staff of Russia’s armed forces.

“Senior officials of the leading Nato countries also allow aggressive statements against our country,” Putin said in televised remarks. “As a result, I order the Minister of Defense and the Chief of the General Staff [of the Russian Armed Forces] to transfer the Russian army’s deterrence forces to a special mode of combat duty.”

“Western countries are not only taking unfriendly economic actions against our country, but top officials from leading Nato members have made aggressive statements about our country.”

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It is unclear what the “special mode of combat duty” entails. Also, Putin has warned foreign countries not to interfere with his invasion of Ukraine, claiming that doing so could result in “consequences they have never seen.” He has deployed anti-air missiles and other advanced missile systems in Belarus, as well as a fleet to the Black Sea, in an effort to prevent a western intervention in Ukraine.

While appearing on CBS, the US ambassador to the United Nations responded to the news from Moscow.

“President Putin is continuing to escalate this war in a completely unacceptable manner.And we must continue to condemn his actions in the strongest possible term,” Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said.

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