Why is Russia pushing for a ‘war’ with the United States?
Russian President Vladimir Putin is pushing the United State to engage in a war with Russia, but it may be difficult to achieve, the leader of the world’s most powerful nation said in a television interview broadcast Friday.
“The U.S. must stop its support for ISIS and other extremist groups and take concrete steps to destroy ISIS,” Putin said in an interview with the state-run Rossiya 1 television channel.
“We are ready to use all possible measures to accomplish this goal.
We are ready and willing to fight,” he said, referring to ISIS and the other armed groups.
He said Russia would also respond to a “serious threat” from the United Nations Security Council, which voted last month to impose a new round of sanctions on Russia.
Putin said Moscow would not tolerate a new U.N. Security Council resolution that could force Russia to use its veto.
sanctions resolution is not designed to compel Russia to do anything, Putin said.
It is only a way to force the U.C.L.A. to use the veto in a situation where it could not.
“I don’t see how it can be done,” he told Rossiya, referring the U-UNSC resolution.
Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 sparked a crisis with the West and the U.-S.
but has not yet led to an armed conflict between the two nations.
Putin has also repeatedly dismissed U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s suggestion that Russia should have a veto over the U., which is a sign the Kremlin is willing to negotiate with Washington on its economic sanctions.
“There are two countries that can veto.
They are the U and the United Kingdom,” Putin told Rossia.
“They can’t block each other’s policies.”
Russia has also imposed economic sanctions on Europe, the U.’s biggest trading partner.
The U.M.S.’s decision to leave the EU is the latest in a series of sanctions imposed by Russia to hurt its economy.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, speaking at the opening of a new trade mission in Moscow on Thursday, said the economic sanctions are “not designed to change the political course of Russia.”
But he said the measures would have a “negative impact” on the economy.
“We expect the economic impact of the economic measures, which are being introduced, will be less than the economic effects of the new sanctions,” he added.