Putin warns that Russia will go to war with France if Ukraine joins NATO. According to Putin, a Ukrainian assault on Crimea might spark Article 5 of NATO’s founding agreement, drawing the whole of Europe into a war against Russia.
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At a news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Ukraine’s admission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and a subsequent move to recover Crimea may lead to a confrontation involving Russia and France.
In response to a query from a French journalist, Putin stated unequivocally what exactly joining NATO would entail for Ukraine, reports the media outlet Russia Today.
“You want France to fight Russia? That’s exactly what would happen,” Putin warned journalists that if Ukraine enters NATO and attempts to impose its official policy of ‘reintegrating’ Crimea by force, that is exactly what would happen.
Kiev has labelled Russia as something of an opponent and maintains that Crimea is Ukrainian territory, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The peninsula ended up voting to re-enter Russia since the 2014 coup in Kiev, which most NATO members have not acknowledged.
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“You ask me if Russia wants to fight a war with NATO – let me ask you, does NATO want to fight a war with Russia?“
According to Putin, a Ukrainian assault on Crimea might spark Article 5 of NATO’s founding agreement, drawing the whole of Europe into a war against Russia.
“Russia is one of the world’s leading atomic powers. There would be no victors,” Putin told reporters. “[Macron] does not desire such an outcome. Neither do I.”
The Russian president noted that Kiev has previously employed force twice to end the problem in Donbass, which includes the two eastern provinces of Donetsk and Lugansk.
“Where are our guarantees that they won’t try again?” he asked.
Macron travelled to Moscow on Monday to address the circumstances in Ukraine, and also larger security issues in Europe and bilateral relations with Russia. On Tuesday, he is scheduled to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev.